Baptist Press "The 2017 Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) Pastors’ Conference in Phoenix is expected to highlight the contributions of the convention’s smaller churches and celebrate the diverse landscape that makes up the SBC. To that end, Pastors’ Conference officers are seeking nominations for event speakers who represent these churches." "The online nomination process opens Sept. 12 at sbcpc2017.com. Nominations can be made through Sept. 30." "Nominees should be the pastor of a Southern Baptist church with about '500 or less in average attendance' who has not preached at the annual meeting in the past five years." "The leadership team encourages nominations representing the ethnic and geographic diversity of the SBC." "this is meant as a one-year opportunity to acknowledge the contributions of smaller churches. They have no designs on having a small church pastor lead every year."