I have been at the Southern Baptist Convention this week, and today was a big day. Outsiders watching it all unfold probably thought the process looked positively Byzantine, but it really wasn’t. Southern Baptists adopted the Great Commission Resurgence Task Force Report and thus took the first step in what I hope will be a long journey of renewal for our denomination.
There were numerous attempts to kill the GCR Task Force report by amendments or motions. Such attempts to kill the report were all defeatedâ€”except one. One messenger suggested amending Component #3 of the report. Ironically, after some parliamentary wrangling and compromises, the amendment ended up having the effect of unifying the messengers in favor of the report. I would not have predicted such an amendment to strengthen support for the Task Force’s work, but it did. I think the amendment was a big reason that the report passed overwhelmingly.
Dr. Johnny Hunt’s leadership through the whole process was sterling. His convention message and his work as chair were critical in bringing about this positive result. My respect and gratefulness for Dr. Hunt is in the stratosphere right now.
The entire Task Force did an amazing job in producing a report that SBC messengers could unite around. I am grateful for all of them. In particular, I am grateful for Danny Akin’s catalytic role in getting the Great Commission Resurgence on the radar screen of Southern Baptists. None of this could have happened without his leadership. Also, Albert Mohler’s careful work in front of and behind the scenes was absolutely foundational for this report. History will show what a pivotal role he played in today’s happy result.
There’s much more that could be said and certainly more people to be named and thanked, but I will leave it at that for now. I’m looking forward to what will be happening in the years ahead as the GCR Report gets fleshed-out in the churches and agencies of the SBC.
Today was a great day for the SBC, and I am grateful to God to have been here to be a part of it.