I like Frank Page. I voted for Frank Page for SBC president. I think Frank Page is a good choice for President of the Executive Committee. I am pleased that Frank Page is willing to take the helm there even though his bosses were significantly divided over hiring him. I think he will do well.
The current issue of The Christian Index has a nice interview with him: Frank Page to lead SBC Executive Committee
He doesn’t need my advice, may not benefit from it, and may see it as being highly presumptuous; however, since the SBC is nothing if not a mob of pontificators and advisors, I offer my advice as he becomes only the sixth in his position as titular, day-to-day leader of the Southern Baptist Convention:
Congratulations on your election. You have my prayers, goodwill, and support. I appreciate your record as a pastor and as SBC president and believe you have both the necessary skills and instincts to do well as Executive Committee President.
I don’t expect you to "set the vision...for all of the SBC." I do expect you to "set the...tone for all of the SBC" by being, as you state it "irenic," committed to Christ, selfless, forgiving, and loving.
Please lead the XC back to where they were prior to hiring high profile people for new positions. Take care of the convention’s business but don’t take mission money to build a large staff. We have sufficient entities that we already fund that can address those things.
Try and navigate us through the minefield that is the clergy sexual abuse scandal. Some of your previous statements hit the wrong notes here. The SBC should be seen as taking this issue seriously, as not tolerating affiliated churches who harbor such criminals, as deploring the scandal, but also as maintaining our polity. If additional appropriate steps can be taken we should take them.
Be forward looking with respect to denominational funding, trends, and change. I get the sense that you are.
Be careful handling amendments to our constitution. We added a clause to kick the homosexual-approving churches out. Now you are faced with looking at one to kick out churches for racial discrimination. How far should we go? How long is the list of odious sins for which the SBC should be intolerant? No doubt, you get this picture better than me.
You can set the tone for the SBC and all of our entities by being completely open and transparent. We're tired of paying the bills and being stiffed while we do it. No more executive sessions, private employment contracts, confidentiality agreements than is legally necessary. We should have access to them. And, please, no more blue ribbon panels who insist on secrecy.
Give Baptist Press a long leash. If we have solid people there then let them investigate, examine, evaluate and report. I’m tired of depending on Associated Baptist Press and assorted bloggers for news.
Do you really need SBC Life to promote stuff? Take a look at that (just don’t drop Charles Lowry’s column).
Don’t try and make a living beating up the Calvinists (but do keep an eye on them).
I know that it’s not in your job description, but could you do something about NAMB? I’m tired of being embarrassed.
I don't know if this will happen again but if you convene a Cooperative Program promotion study group and all they come up with is to tell churches to give more, fire them all. That dog hasn't hunted in decades.