Moderate Baptists in particular, who reject hierarchy and have a distaste for authoritarianism, seem to be a highly critical group. So my prayers and best wishes go out for her and all leaders — in all situations — who willingly leave the sidelines to join the game. Be careful in there.
Who woulda thunk it?
Douglas Baker, editor of the Baptist Messenger in a recent article:
...64.5 percent of the total membership of the Southern Baptist Convention is found in those churches that have more than 146 weekly worshipers, with the remaining 35.5 percent of the SBC’s total membership located in congregations that have less than 146 weekly worshipers.
So, most Baptists DO NOT worship in small churches. Who woulda thunk that?
SBC presidential candidate Jimmy Jackson as reported in a recent Biblical Recorder article
...realizes his church is not a “pace setter” in CP giving, sending 4.64 percent of undesignated gifts through the Cooperative Program. It gives nearly an equal amount divided between the special offerings for international missions and North American missions. He said he is going to talk to his leadership about directing more gifts through the CP because if others are designating away from CP, the nuts and bolts funding required for missions is being lost.
He is a great guy and an outstanding pastor, but it looks like Jackson has had a campaign trail Cooperative Program conversion. Until now, his church was happily designating as much to the IMB and NAMB as it was sending to the CP. Who woulda thunk that?
Jerry Rankin on his blog
But the highlight of what may be my final SBC will be to see the convention, compelled by a vision for the future, reaffirm its commitment to the mission task that precipitated our formation 165 years ago. I am confident the common burden we all have for reaching a lost world will converge in a strong consensus for risking change in order to be obedient to the Great Commission.
His leadership at IMB will be missed.
Johnny Hunt in a Baptist Press article
There was a unanimous sentiment by the Task Force that the Executive Committee could be streamlined and continue to do what Southern Baptists want it to do, even with this reallocation of funding.
Apparently, Morris Chapman wasn't represented on the GCRTF, all of whom see his expansionism at the Executive Committee as not helpful to the SBC. No surprise there.
Bobby Welch, asked in a Baptist Press interview about what will happen to his job as SBC strategist for Global Evangelical Relations if the GCR Task Force recommendations are implemented:
"ELIMINATED," in all truthfulness, is the only one-word answer to that question that comes to my mind.
Global Evangelical Relations will be "eliminated" as the relationship building ministry for all causes for the SBC around the entire world.
That truly is the most honest answer that can be given if I understand correctly the recommendation to the Executive Committee.