Southern Baptist Convention


After prayerful deliberation, the Southern Baptist Convention officers, the SBC Executive Committee, and the executive heads of the Convention’s boards and institutions, acting in a body according to Article XI.4 of the SBC Constitution, have made the decision to cancel the 2020 SBC Annual Meeting, scheduled for June 9-10 in Orlando.

In light of the COVID-19 global pandemic which we believe constitutes a grave emergency, it is in the best interest of the SBC to cancel the Annual Meeting—for the first time in 75 years—out of a deep concern for the health and safety of messengers and attendees.

We are calling on all Southern Baptists to pray for an end to this global pandemic and that God will bring His Church together at this time to sharpen our focus like never before.

This is not a time for Southern Baptists to shrink back in timidity and fearfulness or be paralyzed with uncertainty. This is not the time to retreat. This is a time for us to advance the Gospel of Jesus Christ to every person in every town, every city, every state and every nation.

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Declaración sobre la reunión anual de la Convención Bautista del Sur 2020

Después de orar y deliberar, los directivos de la Convención Bautista del Sur, el Comité Ejecutivo de la SBC, y los directores generales de la instituciones y las juntas de la Convención actuando como un cuerpo de acuerdo con el artículo XI.4 de la constitución de la SBC, hemos tomado la decisión de cancelar la reunión anual de la SBC 2020, programada para el 9 y 10 de junio en Orlando.

A la luz de la emergencia de la epidemia mundial COVID-19 la cual creemos constituye una emergencia grave y teniendo en cuenta sobre todo lo mejor para la SBC cancelar la —por primera vez en 75 años—debido a la gran preocupación por la salud y la seguridad de los mensajero y de los asistentes.

Llamamos a todos los bautistas del sur a orar por el fin de esta pandemia mundial y para que Dios una a Su Iglesia en este tiempo de afinar nuestro enfoque como nunca antes.

Este no es un tiempo para que los bautistas del sur se retraigan en timidez y miedo o se paralicen con incertidumbre. Este no es tiempo de retiro. Este es un tiempo de llevar adelante el Evangelio de Jesucristo a cada personba en cada pueblo, cada ciudad, cada estado y cada nación.

2020년 남침례회 정기총회에 관한 발표

SBC 헌법 제 XI.4 조에 따라 활동하는 남침례회 집행위원회 및 기관의 최고 책임자들은 기도하며 심사숙고한 결과 올랜도에서 6 월 9-10 일로 예정된2020 SBC 정기총회를 취소하기로 결정했습니다.

전 세계를 비상 사태로 몰아가고 있는 코로나 바이러스(COVID-19)의 심각성을 고려해 볼 때 총회에 참여하게 될 모든 강사와 참여자들의 건강과 안전을 위해서 비록 남침례회는 75 년 만에 처음 있는 일이지만, 정기총회를 취소하는 것이 모두에게 유익하다는 결론에 도달했습니다.

 

우리는 모든 남침례회 교인들에게 이 세계적인 전염병의 종식과 하나님께서 그분의 모든 교회를 함께 모으셔서 이전보다 더 분명한 초점을 맞출 수 있도록 기도해 주시기를 요청합니다.

지금은 남침례교가 소심함과 두려움으로 위축되거나 불확실성으로 마비될 때가 아닙니다. 지금은 물러날 시간이 아닙니다. 지금은 우리가 모든 동네, 모든 도시, 모든 주 그리고 모든 나라에 있는 사람들에게 예수 그리스도의 복음을 전할 때입니다.

Frequently Asked Questions

Click on each topic below to view answers. If you have any additional questions not addressed below, please email annualmeeting@sbc.net, and we will be more than happy to assist you.

The SBC Annual Meeting scheduled for June 9-10, 2020 in Orlando, Florida is canceled due to the COVID-19 global pandemic, which constitutes a grave emergency.

The Convention officers, the Executive Committee, and the executive heads of the Convention’s boards and institutions acted in a body to cancel the meeting.

This authority is given in SBC Constitution Article XI.4, which states “The Convention officers, the Executive Committee, and the Executive Heads of the Convention’s boards and institutions acting in a body may, in case of grave emergency, cancel a regular meeting or change the place of a meeting.” The authority for this body to cancel a meeting was established in 1946 after the Convention had been forced to cancel meetings in 1943 and 1945 due to government restrictions during World War II. 

The annual meeting is not being rescheduled. The next regular meeting will be in Nashville on June 15-16, 2021.

SBC officers will remain in office until their successors are elected.

The SBC Pastor’s Conference is a separate event. David Uth, president of the 2020 Pastors’ Conference and pastor of First Baptist Church Orlando, has confirmed that as an auxiliary meeting to the annual meeting, the pastors’ conference would be canceled as well.

Although SBC Annual Meetings have been live-streamed for years, SBC governing documents state that “No proxy voting is permitted. All propositions, decisions, and choices shall be by a majority vote of the messengers present and voting in person, except where provisions have been made for a greater than majority vote.”

In the event that the Convention does not meet, the Executive Committee, by virtue of its ad interim authority, may adopt the Cooperative Program Allocation Budget and the Executive Committee and SBC Operating Budget so that operations may continue.

The members of standing committees whose terms expire will remain in office until their successors are elected. The Committee on Nominations is a special committee and remains in existence until it gives its report, so its members remain in office. The Executive Committee may fill any vacancies that occur. 

The Committee on Committees and Committee on Resolutions are special committees appointed by the president. Any committee members already appointed remain in office until the committees perform their assigned tasks at the next meeting. The president may fill any vacancies that occur. 

Trustees of Convention entities whose terms are scheduled to expire in 2020 will either remain in office until successors are elected or rotate out of office upon completion of term, with their boards electing interim trustees until the next SBC meeting. This would depend upon each entity’s individual charter. 

Any intended resolutions may be submitted prior to the next annual meeting, beginning April 15, 2021. Any intended motions may be made during the next annual meeting in Nashville.

All advance hotel reservations made through the SBC Annual Meeting Online Hotel Registration System will be cancelled automatically for all planned attendees. No advance charges have been made to any reservation holders’ credit cards by our event housing partner, Experient. You may contact our housing bureau at 1-800-967-8852 or sbc@experient-inc.com with any additional questions.

Additionally, advance attendee reservation information has not been released to any hotel, so hotels do not have any information which would allow them to make charges to reservation holders credit cards. Again, all advance hotel reservations for the SBC Annual Meeting in June will be considered cancelled.

If you made your advance hotel reservation directly with a hotel in the Orlando area, you would need to contact that hotel directly to cancel your reservations and work through their individual cancellation policy. The SBCEC is unable to assist with any changes or reimbursements for reservations made separately from the SBC Annual Meeting Online Hotel Registration System.

If you have already made airline reservations, you would need to contact your airline carrier directly to cancel or change your reservations. Due to the unprecedented nature of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, many airline carriers have enacted special provisions to accommodate the many travel interruptions for their customers. 

All prepaid childcare reservations managed by the SBC Executive Committee will be fully refunded. Our online childcare reservations system currently accepts credit card payments through PayPal to process all advance payments. A credit will be issued to your credit card for the full amount of any prepayment. If for some reason this is not feasible, a refund check for the full amount will be mailed directly to the address that was used for the childcare pre-registration. Please email childcare@sbc.net for any other questions regarding Preschool Childcare, Giant Cow Ministries or Youth on Mission reservations. All refunds will be issued no later than April 15, 2020.

Crossover and all ancillary events currently scheduled to use meeting/event spaces managed by the SBC Executive Committee (Rosen Centre Hotel or Orange County Convention Center) will be considered canceled.  

For ancillary events scheduled at meeting/event spaces not managed by the SBC Executive Committee (Rosen Centre Hotel or Orange County Convention Center), you should contact the individual ancillary event organizers directly for additional information.

All prepaid meeting room reservations will be fully refunded. Any reservations that were made by credit card through PayPal will be issued a credit directly to your credit card for the full amount of any prepayment. If you prepaid by using a check from your organization, a refund check for the full amount will be mailed directly to the address that was used for meeting room reservation. All refunds will be issued before April 15, 2020. 

If you made reservations for meeting space directly with an Orlando hotel, you would need to contact that hotel directly to cancel your reservations and work through their contracted cancellation policy. The SBCEC is unable to assist with any changes or reimbursements for meeting space reservations made directly with local hotels.

Any advance payments for sponsorships or promotional advertising for the SBC 2020 Annual Meeting will be fully refunded to your organization before April 15, 2020.   

Regarding ads in the SBC Life Journal, please contact Rebecca Manry (rmanry@sbc.net) for additional information regarding current plans or for continued advertising/promotional opportunities in the SBC Life Journal. 

Any deposits or advance payments for exhibitor reservations will be fully refunded as either a credit to the card used for the original payment or by a full refund check to your organization for the full amount. Please email exhibits@sbc.net for any exhibitor questions. All refunds will be issued before April 15, 2020.

Online Exhibit Reservations for the 2021 SBC Annual Meeting will begin August 3, 2020, for those exhibitors who had approved reservations to exhibit at the 2020 SBC Annual Meeting. The SBC Executive Committee will follow the same general reservation process that we use onsite each year to manage reservation requests, although for 2021, we will coordinate all exhibit requests virtually through a new online reservation system. Email notifications will be sent out to all current and pending exhibitors notifying them of this process when it is finalized.   

New exhibitors may request exhibit space beginning October 1, 2020 by submitting inquiries through the online exhibitor portal at sbcannualmeeting.net

Unfortunately, the SBC Executive Committee is only able to assist with recouping the costs specifically identified above.

We have recently received a number of reports from exhibitors who have received spam emails offering to sell exhibitors a listing of an “SBC Attendees Databank.” Just as many of you have already surmised, these are SPAM. We NEVER EVER sell any attendees or exhibitors information. Please summarily delete any emails from any organization that tries to scam you in this way. (The senders of these fraudulent spam emails continue to change their emails and the organizations that they purportedly represent).