Wright said, in his first remarks to the XComm,
"It is my hope that there will be a radical reprioritization so that we can bring about these thousands of people groups who have practically no witness of the gospel."
Repeating views shared prior to his election, Wright means that he hopes the state conventions will willingly give up substantial shares of their CP cut.
Page said that
"What is needed more than anything for a Great Commission resurgence, Page said, is a "Cooperative Program resurgence...The truth is that the pie [Cooperative Program] has to get bigger," Page said. In order for that to happen, he said the Executive Committee will work in conjunction with Baptist state conventions to promote the Cooperative Program."
Since churches have for decades been giving less and less of their offering plate dollars to the CP, I don't see Page having anything to say that will do the least thing to change that...but he has to say it anyway.
I read where he will offer a ten year plan to raise CP giving. One can only hope that the plan consists of something more than the standard, "Just give more" mantra that we've heard for so long.
CP promoters say that when laypeople find out about all the great work done by their CP dollars, they will enthusiastically give more.
Wright says that when his church laypeople found out more about the CP, about where the money goes, about where the money stays, they immediately wanted to give LESS, not more.
A little reality therapy for the CP means less, not more, I'm afraid.
I like Frank Page. His position, of all the leadership positions in the SBC, demands a CP supporter, promoter, and optimist but Wright's right on this one.