According to a press release, the event is to further efforts begun by the New Baptist Covenant meeting in Atlanta in early 2008. Initiated by former President Jimmy Carter, New Baptist Covent organizers encouraged regional groups to pursue similar efforts.
As a result of the June meeting, the Baptist Border Crossing Network was formed and a task force named to plan next spring’s gathering in Liberty.
Plenary speakers for the Baptist Border Crossing event include author Tony Campolo, Baptist World Alliance president David Coffey, North American Baptist Fellowship president David Goatley and evangelist Carolyn Ann Knight.
Carter will also participate in the event, which will feature breakout sessions led by facilitators from the various Baptist groups and will deal with issues such as poverty, peacemaking, religious liberty and diversity.
Planners have come from the National Baptist Convention USA, National Baptist Convention of America, Progressive National Baptist Convention, American Baptist Churches USA, Cooperative Baptist Fellowship, Southern Baptist Convention, Baptist General Convention of Missouri and General Baptist Convention.
Go to www.baptistborder crossing.org for more information about the network and the April event.
Participants from all Baptist groups in Kansas, Missouri, Iowa, Illinois, Arkansas, and Nebraska are invited to participate in the regional gathering.
Various regional meetings are being planned around the country in 2008, the 400th anniversary of the Baptist movement.