A lot will be said about cooperation in the Southern Baptist Convention over the next couple weeks. We will gather in Dallas and participate in our cooperative convention. We will talk about Cooperative Program giving. We will learn about the work of our cooperative institutions, boards and agencies. We will even commission missionaries and pray together for their success.
In my estimation, one of the most overlooked weeks of Southern Baptist cooperation happens the week before the gathering of the Southern Baptist Convention. CrossOver is one of the greatest moments on the Southern Baptist calendar; hundreds of seminary and college students gather in the convention city to worship together, pray together, celebrate together, and spend hours sharing Christ together. It is SBC cooperation at its finest!
This year we will all gather on the campus of Southwestern Seminary. Our evangelism strategies will be determined by the need of the different local churches. Our goal is to support their ministries. We will also participate in the city wide Harvest America Crusade (www.harvestamerica.com) that will take place at the end of the week in the Mercedes Benz Stadium. We will join Greg Laurie’s team and serve as part of this great event. It is always a great week, and I have no doubt this year will be amazing.
It is no secret that the past couple weeks have not highlighted the best side of our denomination. However, as I gather each year with our denomination’s future leaders, I am not discouraged. I don’t know what the future holds, but I know that our future consists of men and women who love Jesus and are committed to his mission. I know that our future is in the hands of a God who loves the lost more than we do.
Crossover is an event that highlights our better side and also reminds us that the struggles of our present day are worth it. We are stewards of future leaders and a message that will change the world.
Special shout out to Dr. Brandon Kiesling and those as Southwestern Seminary who worked hard to put this event together. Also, special thanks to the North American Mission Board for helping underwrite Crossover expenses. This week, we will cooperate to fulfill our “one sacred effort.” Taking the gospel to those who need to hear it.