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Steve McKinion on the SBC and the GCR

Here is a sample:

GCR-type SBs see little need for yet another conference on how to grow your church through Sunday School (or Bible study formerly known as SS).  Why are CP dollars, they wonder, supporting local staff who consult with churches when networking is a much more relational, natural, and, it is argued, effective way to brainstorm, inform, and transform.  If these SBs are already building organic networks with other SB churches that help them do the work of the Gospel better, then why give sacrificially to programs and initiatives that have outgrown their usefulness.  Becoming Gospel-driven in their churches has led them to be Gospel-driven in their cooperation.

A movement is afoot among the churches of the convention.  Christians have become consumed by the Gospel and are therefore consumed with the Mission of the Gospel to the nations.  They will no longer support denominational efforts that do not reflect that priority, just as conservative SBs refused to continue to support a denominational bureaucracy that was inconsistent with their view of the Bible.

Check out the rest of the article here.

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Posted by on May 4, 2010 in Uncategorized


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My Great Commission Resurgence Thoughts

The Video above is a panel discussion about the Great Commission Resurgence (GCR) at Southeastern Theological Seminary.  The panel, made up of various GCR members, addresses various concerns that are being made concerning the first draft of the GCR released some weeks ago.

Basically much of the heat centers around a dissolution of contracts between the North American Mission Board (NAMB) and Southern Baptist State Conventions.  NAMB sends back a portion of its Cooperative Program dollars to the State Conventions for various mission endeavors within each state.  So as you can imagine, many of the State Conventions are not high on the GCR.  One only needs to read Baptist Press editorials or state paper articles to see their opinion about the current GCR proposals.

Additionally, in my opinion, the increase of articles in the past three months focused on how young pastors are embracing the Cooperative Program and the increase of articles highlighting CP ministries is no accident.  It seems to paint the picture that those who are aligning themselves with the GCR initiative are not pro-CP.  This is completely false.  I am pro-CP, but this does not mean that the CP does not need to be re-examined and revised when necessary from time to time.

Some will say one-liners like “if it (the CP) has worked well for (fill in the __) number of years then there is no need to change.”  The problem with this is for years states have adjusted the amount of dollars they send to the Southern Baptist Convention.  The CP then has been adjusted in the past, so it is not out of the norm for present day adjustments to be made.

The basic rememdy, I keep hearing from the State Convention side is just give more money.  That is the solution according to many.  Sorry, but this isn’t going to work.  It is not compelling enough.  When organizations like the NAMB keep having trouble at the top and there is little consistency with its leadership, churches are not excited to give.  When I hear Al Gilbert (on the panel) say that Baghdad, Iraq has approximately the equivalent population as the State of North Carolina and at the same time the International Mission Board is cutting back its missionary appointments because of a lack of funding, I am left very frustrated. 

When I hear that a very significant portion of NAMB appointed missionaries are being sent to work in the south where the majority of our churches exist, I am frustrated.  It is past time for our churches and our entities to start putting together strategies for reaching the unreached places of our country and our world.  And if it means taking away funding from State Conventions in the South, then I think we must. 

If one puts forth a compelling vision and a good track record of faithful ministry, then people will come aboard and give more money.  However, if the status quo is maintained, the SBC will continue to fade.  I agree with Danny Akin, when he states that if hard changes are not made soon, in 10-20 years much more difficult changes will be upon us, and we will be forced to change.

While I do not think the first draft of the GCR proposal went far enough in its recommendations, I believe it would be a step in the right direction.

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Posted by on May 1, 2010 in Uncategorized


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Southern Baptist Convention 09, Part 2

gcr1One of the significanct actions which took place the 2009 SBC  was the passing of a motion to appoint Convention President Johnny Hunt to create and select a Great Commission Task Force to investigate how Southern Baptist Churches can better steward our resources to more effectively fulfill the Great Commission.

There are many within the convention who believe we are not maximizing Southern Baptist resources and we need Southern Baptist leadership to positively influence Southern Baptists in different sectors to embrace a needed change (I will speak to what I think should change later).  The task force will bring forth its recommendations to the 2010 Convention in Orlando.

It is important to understand that the task force can only recommend change.  Messengers at national conventions can bring change to national entities.  Changes, though need to come to State Conventions and Local Associations.  One item which many Southern Baptists would like to see changed is the Cooperative Program allocation at the state level changed (I’ll talk about this more later).  But in order for this to happen, Southern Baptists within each state at their annual state conventions will have to vote to change the formulas.  This effort will be more difficult than merely getting a motion passed at the SBC.

This Great Commission Task Force is rooted in the effort of Daniel Akin’s call for a Great Commission Resurgence.  You can find many resources about this call through the previous link including the document.  Many of us desire to see structural change come to the SBC life, but at the heart of this document is a call for Southern Baptists to fix their eyes on Jesus and follow his command to take make disciples of Jesus Christ from all nations.


Posted by on June 26, 2009 in Uncategorized


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All Things Southern Baptist

Here are some articles and blog entries relating to Southern Baptists in particular:

1. The IMB announced an immediate suspension of all international missionaries through the International Service Corps and Masters programs…This is related to a previous post I wrote concerning a change of Cooperative Program percentages is needed echoing the call Paul Chitwood made this past week.

There have been many good posts regarding this very issue over the last several days.  See Tom Ascol and Alvin Reid .

2. Steven McKinion writes part 3 of his thoughts concerning generational issues pertaining to the Southern Baptist Convention.  Once again, this is really helpful stuff.  Check the previous two: part 1 and part 2.

3. Dr. Daniel Akin recently published a document recommending actions which would help steer the SBC ship towards gospel sailing called the Great Commission Resurgence.  I hope in part this resurgence might lead to some answers and change reagrding the IMB suspensions referred to earlier. 

I am looking forward to hearing from the Convention Floor concerning these issues later this month.

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Posted by on June 2, 2009 in Uncategorized


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