Pretty doggone radical, I’d say.
Radical enough to stay at one church for 28 years (and counting).
Radical enough to baptize 478 people last year.
Radical enough to plant seven churches in his church’s area.
Radical enough to lead a church that sent 1,500 members on 70 mission trips last year.
Radical enough to be the top SBC church in Lottie Moon offerings 4 of the past 6 years.
Radical enough to be the top Cooperative Program giver in Georgia, about $8m over the past 10 years.
But SBCers are OK with that kind of radicalism.
But are they OK with radicalism that…
…cuts Cooperative Program giving in order to increase giving to international missions?
"We would very much prefer that all those funds go straight through CP," Wright said, "but there needs to be a radical reprioritization of that money."
…suggests that state conventions need to cut their share of Cooperative Program receipts?
Wright said state convention leaders "can be the real heroes in carrying out the Great Commission" since they control budgets and decide how much goes out of state for distribution to Southern Baptist causes. If more Cooperative Program dollars were sent to the international mission field, Wright said he believes Southern Baptists would see an increased passion for CP giving, especially among younger pastors, the group from whom he has received the greatest support for his stand.
Wright has a new plan for increasing Cooperative Program giving: reprioritize where the money goes. I like the plan.
In a year where there was so much said about the Cooperative Program being undermined and how the Great Commission Resurgence Task Force was doing a disservice to Southern Baptists by recommending “Great Commission Giving,” how could we elect such a radical president?
Simple. We like how Bryant Wright is leading by example in carrying out the Great Commission in his church and we like his plan for the Cooperative Program.
He has my prayers and support.
Wright envisions Baptists returning to first love, making radical shift in CP priorities