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Site Selection Committee for Future Conference Ministry Development in Mississippi
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A Conference Site Selection Committee was appointed by the President of the Mississippi Baptist Convention Board to specifically search
for the most desirable and accessible site for developing a conference center for all Mississippi Baptists. Their findings and
recommendations will be brought to the Executive Committee of the Mississippi Baptist Convention Board and upon their agreement and support
will be brought to the 100-member Mississippi Baptist Convention Board for any action that will be taken. As the Committee is presently in
the fact-finding stage, no timetable has yet been established for the Committee’s final report.
The Committee values the input of Mississippi Baptists. We want to hear from you:
here to submit general comments or location ideas to the Conference Site Selection Committee
Or send us a letter at the following address:
Conference Site Selection Committee
Attn. Dr. Lloyd Sweatt
1512 Hatley Road
Amory, MS 38821
If submitting a location idea, please be certain to include an accurate description of the location, property size, name of current
owner, and their contact information. Please note that while all recommendations and referrals will be reviewed by the Conference Site
Selection Committee, no commissions or fees will be paid for the information or any subsequent action taken by the Mississippi Baptist Convention.
Most importantly, the Committee solicits your prayers, as we seek to glorify God through this decision making process.
A Site Selection Committee for Future Conference Ministry Development in Mississippi was announced by Clarence Cooper, outgoing president
of the Mississippi Baptist Convention and pastor of Emmanuel Church, Grenada, on October 31 during the second day of the 2007 MBC annual
meeting at First Church Jackson.
Cooper tapped Lloyd Sweatt, pastor of Meadowood Church, Amory, to serve as chairman. Joining Sweatt on the committee are:
Cooper told messengers the Site Selection Committee is charged with specifically searching for the most desirable and accessible site for
developing a conference center for Mississippi Baptists.
The committee’s findings will be brought to the MBCB Executive Committee, Cooper said, and if the Executive Committee agrees to support
the committee’s findings, the matter will be brought before the full 100-member convention board.
Gulfshore Assembly, which was owned by MBCB and located on the Gulf Coast shoreline at Henderson Point near Pass Christian, was destroyed
by Hurricane Katrina in August 2005. Messengers to the 2006 MBC annual meeting voted to sell the Henderson Point property, and it is
currently on the market.
By Lloyd Sweatt, pastor
Meadowood Church, Amory
Chairman, Conference Site Selection Committee
Thank you for allowing me to share with Mississippi Baptists what your Conference Site Selection Committee (CSSC) is doing regarding the
Lord’s leadership in selecting a future site for a conference facility.
The CSSC consists of Weldon Aultman, Indianola; Buddy Huff, Jackson; Bobby Kirk, Doddsville; Mark Mayo, Carthage; Gary Richardson, Oxford
(president of the Mississippi Baptist Convention Board); LaRue Stephens, Long Beach; Rebecca Williams, Madison; along with Micky Dalrymple,
Columbus (president of the Mississippi Baptist Convention); and Clarence Cooper, Grenada (immediate past president of Mississippi Baptist Convention).
Your CSSC is charged with specifically searching out the most desirable and accessible site for developing a conference center for
Gulfshore Assembly was located on a piece of land called Henderson Point in Harrison County. The piece of land was used as a major resort
at the turn of the 20th century and later as a training facility for the U. S. Merchant Marine. Mississippi Baptists purchased the land in
the 1950’s. Hurricane Camille in 1969 destroyed some of the property, thus requiring the assembly to be rebuilt in early 1970’s. Many are
aware of the recent destruction and devastation on Henderson Point caused by Hurricane Katrina.
God used Gulfshore Assembly in a beautiful way. Some on this committee struggled with the task of studying “conferencing” in our state as
well as deciding whether to rebuild or relocate what was known as Gulfshore Assembly. We heard testimonies of how God used the piece of land
located at Henderson Point to bring individuals to saving faith in our Lord, to call individuals to ministry, to call individuals to the
mission field, and to renew commitments to our Lord.
The task of your CSSC is enormous. The charge before us is, “How do we take the testimonies, the experiences of what God did at Henderson
Point, to another piece of land?” This task at times can seem overwhelming.
Where do we locate a piece of land that God will use to touch lives? In Genesis 12:1, the Lord charged Abram with these words, “Now the
Lord had said unto Abram, Get thee out of thy country, and from thy kindred, and from thy father’s house, unto a land that I will shew
thee.” In Hebrews 11:8, we discover that it was by faith that Abraham, “…obeyed and went, even though he did not know where he was going.”
I believe that what we do will not have the same impact, nor set the course of a nation, as did Abraham — but what we do will have an
impact and set the course of an individual who could change the course of our nation.
Our journey together is not only a physical journey; it is a faith journey. I have asked the CSSC members to:
What can you do to assist this committee? Pray! Pray for the committee members, our MBC leaders, and for camps and conferencing in our
state. Participate! Offer suggestions of places and pieces of land that you see. You can do this in two ways:
Most importantly, the committee solicits your prayers as we seek to glorify God through this decision-making process.