The Southern Baptist Convention met this week in Phoenix for their annual meeting. I was unable to go, but I tried to stay informed through Twitter and such to see what was going on. It was the lowest attended meeting in years (possibly because Phoenix is a far way away from the Bible Belt and the economy). SBC has had the lowest number of baptisms last year that they have had in 50 years. Not a good sign. Many are wondering if the SBC will make it.
I will say this. I have never seen such a rejection of status quo in our Convention as I see right now. When theologians who are normally stereotyped for the lack of evangelistic fervor are leading the call for a resurggence on the Great Commission, we are heading in a good place. When young pastors are heavily involved rather than choosing to steer clear of the Convention, that is a good sign. When a Convention fights for the nations, ethnic diversity, and a desire to trim the financial fat that has been accumulated, we are heading in a good direction.
I know there are controversies where all this is going. Many reading may think that some things could be handled differently. Maybe it could be led better or in a different direction, but I am at least excited about that it is going somewhere!
- New IMB President Tom Eliff sharing heart for unreached people groups
- New NAMB President Kevin Ezell sharing strategy for church planting
- First non-white man elected to office, Luter will serve as VP, many already campaigning for him to serve as President next year
- Passion to see ethnic diversity in our churches and our convention
- Desire for a greater sense of unity throughout the convention
- Great promotion for churches to get behind Courageous
A lot of great things took place, and one of them being David Platt’s message Wednesday morning (his message starts at about the 8th minute). You can view that here:
Pray for the Convention. I’m praying that the best is yet to come. If ever there was a time to get serious about this and stop playing church, the time is now.