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Southern Baptist Business Officers Conference returns to GuideStone March 17-19

DALLAS — Business officers from Southern Baptist churches and ministries are invited to attend the annual Southern Baptist Business Officers Conference, March 17-19, in Dallas, Texas. GuideStone Financial Resources of the Southern Baptist Convention is once again the host for the meeting.

The event offers business administrators from Baptist churches and organizations the opportunity to learn about legislative and health care reform issues, as well as participate in networking opportunities.

"The SBBOC annual meeting is the one go-to event for business administrators from Baptist churches and organizations," said Susan May, SBBOC secretary and treasurer. "There is no other conference that touches on such a wide variety of subjects that affect their everyday work."

This year, the conference will feature sessions on social media, working with the millennial generation and leadership lessons. Attendees will also hear the latest news on human resource policies, employment law and health care reform.

This year's conference speakers include:

Richard R. Hammar, a CPA, attorney and author who writes extensively about legal and tax issues for churches and clergy, including GuideStone's annual Ministers' Tax Guide.

Jess Rainer, executive pastor of Redemption City Church in Franklin, Tennessee, and the author of The Millienials: Reaching America's Largest Generation

Thom S. Rainer, president and CEO of Lifeway Christian Resources

Dan Busby, president of the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability

Gayla Crain, a seasoned trial attorney with more than 30 years of experience in labor and employment law and litigation.

Donna Lively, director of insurance marketing at GuideStone will update attendees on health care reform and its continuing impact on churches and ministries.

Luis Barreto, director of administration and human resources at a church in New York, said the conference provides his team with practical advice that applies directly to their mission.

"As we began attending the various workshops, our excitement level was so ramped up because the information we were receiving was already providing new ideas to help us to better strategize once we returned to New York City," Barreto said. "The seminars on health care, employment law, finance and security were timely and will help us to be better stewards of the gifts that God has given us and to be a better resource to our employees and our congregation."

This year's SBBOC conference runs from 1 to 5 p.m. Monday, March 17, with early bird sessions beginning at 10 a.m. The conference continues Tuesday, March 18 with sessions from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. The final session will be from 8 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. Wednesday, March 19.

The conference fee of $145 includes all materials, a thumb drive containing all presentations and three meals. Visit www.SBBOC.com to register.

New this year is an optional dinner and tour of the recently expanded First Baptist Church, Dallas on Monday evening. There is an additional $25 charge for the meal.

Conference details are at www.SBBOC.com or you may contact Susan May by email at Susan.May@GuideStone.org.

SBBOC's website includes specially negotiated rates at nearby hotels and a full schedule of conference sessions. GuideStone headquarters, near the heart of downtown Dallas, is convenient to both Dallas Love Field and Dallas/Fort Worth International Airports.

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