2020 NC State Competition
Statement Regarding 2020 National Convention
Antioch, Tennessee—In response to uncertainties surrounding COVID-19 and subsequent social restrictions, SMG Oklahoma City and the National Association of Free Will Baptists, Inc., have mutually agreed to cancel the onsite meeting, scheduled for July 19-22, in Oklahoma City. “Unfortunately, because of the international impact of the coronavirus and lingering risks associated with the disease, it is not possible to gather in person this year for our annual convention,” stated Executive Secretary Eddie Moody. “In our discussions with Oklahoma City, we concluded it would not be safe to bring 5,000 attendees from all regions of the country into one place as early as mid-July.”
A streamlined convention (details forthcoming) will be offered online, according to Moderator Tim York. This is the first time in its 85-year history that the National Association will enact Bylaw 13 (FWB Treatise, page 64) and conduct business through the General Board because the body cannot gather.
Moderator York noted, “Even though we are disappointed, we understand that God can use this situation for our good and His glory.” Eddie Moody adds, “While we may not gather physically in Oklahoma City this summer, I urge our leaders and churches to be more unified than ever as we minister to our congregations and communities. Who knows what doors may open to the gospel as a result of COVID-19?”
For additional news releases and forthcoming information about the online convention visit nafwb.org/convention.
The 2020 Vertical III Conference Theme
The 2019 North Carolina State Competition was held at Unity FWB Church in Greenville, NC, on April 12-13.