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GCR Task Force calls for changes for states, NAMBcomment (0)

March 4, 2010

By Bob Terry

Major changes for the North American Mission Board (NAMB) and state conventions were among the recommendations outlined in a progress report by the Great Commission Resurgence Task Force of the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC), presented Feb. 22 in Nashville.

Speaking before a packed gallery of state and national denominational leaders attending the SBC Executive Committee meeting, task force chairman Ronnie Floyd presented a 90-minute report calling for a new vision for Southern Baptists to reach the world for Christ as well as a new way of reporting financial support of Baptist missions work.

Floyd, senior pastor of First Baptist Church, Springdale, Ark., said the task force’s final report will be released May 3. It may be revised based on feedback to the progress report, he said.

In delivering his report, Floyd outlined declines in Southern Baptists’ effectiveness in reaching America and the world for Christ. In sermonic fashion, he bemoaned the SBC’s decline in baptisms, the number of declining and plateaued churches and “our economic selfishness.”

Floyd said for Southern Baptists to be a part of the revival God desires, they must “rally towards a clear and compelling missional vision and begin to conduct [themselves] with core values that will create a new and healthy culture” within the convention.

“Presenting the gospel of Jesus Christ to every person in the world and to make disciples of all the nations” is the vision the task force will ask Southern Baptists to “accept, endorse and champion.”

The report outlines six components proposed. Recommended changes impact NAMB, the International Mission Board, the Executive Committee, state conventions and cooperating churches.

On page 12 is an outline of Floyd’s presentation as well as a summary of the components recommended. A complete text of the report is available at www.thealabamabaptist.org.

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