On March 11, the World Health Organization declared the coronavirus, or COVID-19, outbreak to be a global pandemic. We are grieved at the number of lives this virus has claimed as well as the global disruption it has caused.
Also, we want to commend our entities across the SBC as they have taken precautions and executed strategies to prevent or slow the spread of this disease at their respective institutions. We have created this landing page to keep Southern Baptists updated on these efforts.
As for the SBC Annual Meeting, 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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