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Baptist Convention to meet in Garner

Southern Baptists from all across North Carolina will head to Garner on March 14 and 15 for the N.C. State Baptist Convention’s 15th annual Prayer Conference.

Some of the denomination’s top teachers and preachers will participate in the Friday and Saturday conference at Aversboro Road Baptist Church, 1600 Aversboro Road, Garner. The conference will include teaching, preaching, worship and prayers focused on individual, corporate, national and world-wide revival.

“As a nation, we are in desperate need to turn back to a reverence for God,” said Chris Schofield, the director of the office of prayer for the state convention. “We need heart-felt prayer for revival and spiritual awakening.”

The N.C. Baptists started the statewide prayer conferences in 1999 to help people expand their prayer lives.

Among the leadership team are John Franklin, the author of “And The Place Was Shaken” and co-author with Chuck Lawless of “Spiritual Warfare.” Lawless is a professor at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary and an author. Gordon Fort, prayer director for the Baptist’s International Mission Board, and Robert Smith, a professor of preaching at Beeson Divinity School in Birmingham, Ala. will also be on hand.

Doug Pedigo and ARBC groups will provide the music.

“I see the conference as an opportunity for people to encounter God, not just at this conference, but every day,” Schofield said.

The first session will begin Friday night at 7 p.m. On Saturday, the first session is at 8:45 a.m. Lunch will be provided before the final 1 to 2:30 p.m. session.

The convention has about 4,300 churches in North Carolina with about 1.5 million members.