SBC-Related News and Notes
We all need to be concerned about baptisms–genuine baptisms–insofaras they indicate anything about the growth of the church, zeal to follow Christ, and obedience to the great commission. But the issue is what, if anything, to do about it. One proposal on the horizon calls for NAMB to do more church planting in regions of the U.S. where the SBC is under-represented and for the IMB to do more work in the U.S. And, of course, appeals for more money are being made.
I actually appreciate much about the SBC. But it seems to me, outside looking in, that evangelistic conversation is free–it only requires we Christians to actually share with our neighbors–and diverting efforts from international missions to take up the role domestic churches should be playing is wrongheaded.
Penetrating the Lostness
That’s the name of the final report of the SBC’s Great Commission Task Force. Subtitled “Embracing a Vision for a Great Commission Resurgence Among Southern Baptists,” the report outlines seven core components, from “getting the mission right” to addressing great commission giving and elevating the importance of the cooperative program.
Chapman Concerned About GCTF Recommendations
Morris H. Chapman, chair of the SBC Executive Committee expressed “grave concern” about the Great Commission Task Force’s recommendations regarding what it calls “great commission giving” as an alternative to the cooperative program. Chapman’s nine concerns are detailed in a white paper dated May 7th.
Interview with SBC Voices