As the newly-elected president of the Southern Baptist Convention, I want to call every pastor, every church leader, and every layperson from a Southern Baptist church to join me in Columbus, Ohio, on June 16–17, 2015.
Business, But Not As Usual
As I work with our Order of Business Committee as well as other leaders, I will respectfully request that we dedicate as much time as possible in next year’s convention to pray extraordinarily for the next Great Awakening. I want to call you to Columbus to what could be one of the most significant prayer gatherings in our history. I also invite you to “Join the Movement” in asking God to send a Great Awakening among His people. Invite your friends and church to pray along with us.
Yes, we have to conduct business at the Southern Baptist Convention annual meeting, and we will do it with great diligence. But we will also bring to fruition a year-long emphasis of praying in an extraordinary manner for the next great spiritual awakening in America.
For the next year, I want to humbly request from each church, each national SBC entity, and each state convention to Join the Movement—that we begin to pray in an over-and-above way for God to move mightily in our lives, our churches, and our nation.
Why is this important? Our Convention has bemoaned our decline in baptisms, membership, attendance, and giving far too long. Now is the time for us to take aggressive action by calling out to God together in prayer. At the same time, we must take the needed strategic actions to change our trajectory as a convention of churches. While we face these critical times, we know God is doing some amazing things right now through Southern Baptists. As we celebrate those to the glory of God in Columbus, we will also call out to God in urgent desperation.
Why is revival in the church and awakening in the nation so important? I have been greatly convicted that one of the reasons God has placed me as president, for such a time as this, is for the purpose to call His people to what Jonathan Edwards called “extraordinary prayer.” We need extraordinary prayer for the purpose of revival personally, revival in the church, and spiritual awakening in America, so that we can see commitment to the Great Commission escalated, and accelerate it to its completion in our generation. I believe this should be our heart and our goal.
I have been privileged to catch a glimpse of extraordinary prayer in the Praying Pastors gatherings in recent months. We have led more than 1,500 pastors in these four gatherings, two of which have been national gatherings held in the Dallas-Fort Worth and Atlanta areas. God is doing something very unique right now, and I believe that extraordinary prayer is our number one need. In extraordinary prayer, we recognize that only God can do what is needed in us personally, congregationally, denominationally, nationally, and internationally.
We’ve had a great Conservative Resurgence in the SBC. We are in the midst of a Great Commission resurgence in the SBC. In order for the Great Commission resurgence to be elevated to the proper priority, we need a great spiritual movement and a mighty spiritual awakening, which this nation has not seen in a long time. Yes, we need to pray now in an extraordinary manner for the next Great Awakening.
Mark Your Calendar
Make plans to join us in Columbus on June 16–17, 2015. Why should you come? This may be the moment, the time, and God’s place to begin the next Great Awakening in the United States. And consider coming in early for Saturday, June 13, to join us in Crossover Columbus, the annual evangelistic outreach preceding each year’s SBC annual meeting.
Consider these facts about Columbus, Ohio:
- Fifteenth largest city in America
- 139 languages spoken in Columbus
- 111 SBC churches in Metro Columbus Baptist Association
- SEND CITY in our national church planting strategy
- Home of The Ohio State University
Our team is working on various ways we can begin to connect together via technology. We will use email, Twitter and Instagram to help all of us be a part of a movement toward Columbus—but greater than that, a movement of praying for the next Great Awakening in America, so that we can see commitment to the Great Commission escalated and accelerated to its completion in our generation.
Please call on your church and others to pray for me daily. I want to represent our Lord, our church, and our Southern Baptist family in the highest manner. I cannot do that without you praying for me daily.
Join the Movement
This is why I feel compelled to ask you to sign up and JOIN THE MOVEMENT to stay informed with weekly emails.
- Sign up personally through ronniefloyd.com/blog
- Invite friends to sign up by sharing on social media
- Ask members of your church to Join the Movement
Together, we can pray in this extraordinary manner. Isaiah prayed with great ardency, If only You would tear the heavens open and come down . . . (Isaiah 64:1). May our Lord so open the heavens once again!
Ronnie W. Floyd is president of the Southern Baptist Convention and is senior pastor of Cross Church in Springdale, Arkansas.