Statewide prayer gathering Aug. 31-Sept. 1 at Immanuel Baptist Church, Little Rock

Editor's Note: The following letter was sent to Arkansas pastors and ministers by J.D. "Sonny" Tucker, executive director of the Arkansas Baptist State Convention, inviting them to participate in the Aug. 31-Sept. 1 prayer gathering at Immanuel Baptist Church.

Dear ABSC Pastors and All Ministers:

One of the distinguishing marks of great leaders is their willingness to humbly and courageously step to the plate when needed. I believe Arkansas is full of great ministry leaders, and we need to unite like never before in praying for revival and awakening. I am inviting you to join us, if possible, in another statewide prayer gathering as we seek a movement of God in Arkansas and America.

This gathering will be held at Immanuel Baptist Church, Little Rock, on Monday evening, August 31 and Tuesday morning, September 1, 2015. This is a prayer gathering for ABSC pastors and all ministers.

During the annual SBC annual meeting in June, Dr. Ronnie Floyd called for all Southern Baptists to join in prayer for revival and spiritual awakening. It is our desire to see all Arkansas Baptists praying to this end. Whether you are a pastor, a ministry staff member, a staff member of one of our ABSC agencies or institutions, an associational missionary, a student training for ministry, an itinerant minister, a retired minister or an ABSC staff member, we are inviting you to gather with us to call out to God, praying for revival and spiritual awakening in our nation. 

This event will be led by Dr. Ronnie Floyd, the praise and worship team from Cross Church, a special guest, Dr. Steve Gaines, pastor of Bellevue Baptist Church, Cordova, TN and several other pastors.  Last year’s prayer gathering was an incredibly powerful event; we believe God will meet with us powerfully again this year.  Monday’s prayer time will begin at 6:00 p.m. and end around 10:00 p.m. Tuesday morning will begin with a breakfast being served from 7:30-8:15 a.m., prayer time will begin at 8:30 a.m. and conclude by noon.

We must be clear. This is not a “come and go” nor is it a “come and be seen” event. This is not a time to come hang out in the hallway. We are gathering for serious prayer “from start to finish,” appealing to God for revival and awakening. The Tuesdaymorning session is a continuation of Monday night’s prayer time so it is important that you attend both sessions.

There is no cost for the gathering. You are responsible for your travel and hotel room. You can register by emailing gmccallister@absc.org or at the link at PrayArkansas.Com. Please register by Monday, August 24 so that we may plan for seating and snacks.

We hope you can join us!

Praying for Revival and Awakening,

Dr. J.D. “Sonny” Tucker
Executive Director of the ABSC

Task Force: Manley Beasley, Jr., Diane Blackwood, Bill Elliff, Don Moore, Ken Shaddox, Lowell Snow, Larry W. White, Dennis Wilkins, David James, Greg Addison, Jimmie Sheffield and Sonny Tucker.


Pine Grove Baptist, Little Rock, to celebrate 146 years

Pine Grove Baptist Church, Little Rock, will celebrate its 146th anniversary at 10:45 a.m. on Aug. 9.  Elbert Warren will speak and Bobby Jeffers will serve as worship leader.  A potluck will follow.


Park Hill Baptist, North Little Rock, to host Guy Penrod in concert

Park Hill Baptist Church in North Little Rock will host Guy Penrod, Live in Concert, at 6:30 p.m., Aug. 30.

For more information, contact the church at 501-753-3413.


Arkansas Baptist pastor/staff ride rescheduled for Aug. 27-28

LITTLE ROCK – The third Arkansas Baptist pastor/staff motorcycle ride has been rescheduled for Thursday and Friday, Aug. 27-28. The original date of the ride was May 28-29, but had to be postponed due to weather.

Pastors and other church staff members interested in participating are asked to meet at 10 a.m., Thursday, Aug. 27 at the Arkansas Baptist State Convention (ABSC) Building in Little Rock. The group is expected to ride throughout southwest Arkansas visiting various mission points and then return to Little Rock the following Friday afternoon.

The pastor/staff ride is being hosted by J.D. “Sonny” Tucker, ABSC executive director; Tim Yarbrough, editor/executive director of the Arkansas Baptist News, and Marcus Brown, a member of the ABSC evangelism and church health team.

To register for the ride, visit arkansasbaptist.org/ride15. For more information, contact Marcus Brown at 501-376-4791, ext. 5128, or email mbrown@absc.org.


Local churches participate in Mission Hot Springs

Hot Springs Baptist Church, Hot Springs, will partner with three other Hot Springs churches - First Baptist Church, Pleasant Hill Baptist Church and One Refuge Church – to share the love of Christ in the community through Mission Hot Springs. 

About 700 volunteers are expected to participate in teams in various mission projects July 6-10.

A celebration service will be held at 7 p.m. July 10 at First Baptist Church.