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From the President's Report to the SBC Executive Committee, February 22, 2010
The Greatness of Cooperation
As a member of the Executive Committee (EC), you serve in one of the most critical positions in the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC). The Convention relies heavily on you to be trustworthy and wise in your deliberations and judgments. The committee always will have its critics, and lobbyists who attempt to pressure you "to see it their way." Those who live and die by the political sword in the Convention believe that you can be convinced of their position because of your desire for political goodwill. But in the years I have been here, members of the Executive Committee have displayed rare and courageous resistance against those who attempt to influence your vote on everything from issues to offic...
Morris H. Chapman's Address to the SBC Executive Committee September 21, 2009
During my final year in office as president of the Executive Committee of the SBC, I would like to announce a prayer initiative to support the Great Commission Resurgence. Many of us have longed for a Spiritual Awakening — a true Holy Spirit empowered, culture-changing anointing of God upon His people and our land. This prayer initiative is simple in application, yet its potential impact is profound. I am asking you as members of the Executive Committee, executive staff, entity heads, and guests to join me in praying daily for "Just One More Soul."
Seventy years ago, B. B. McKinney wrote these powerful lyrics:
Lord lay some soul upon my heart and love that soul through me;
and may I bravely do my part to win that soul for Thee.
You will notice that these lyrics properly relegate the winning of each...
September 21, 2009
Dr. Randall James, Chairman and
Members of the Executive Committee
901 Commerce Street
Nashville, Tennessee 37203
Dear Dr. James and Members of the Executive Committee:
In February 1992, the then members of the Executive Committee elected me to serve as the president/treasurer of the Executive Committee of the Southern Baptist Convention to succeed Harold C. Bennett upon his retirement, September 30, 1992. The Executive Committee, in its September 1992 meeting, recommended that the title of the position be changed to "president and chief executive officer." On my inaugural date, I also became treasurer of the Southern Baptist Convention and treasurer of the Executive Committee. Later, I became...
Our nation has been brought to its knees financially. Now the question is, "How shall we respond?" What, if anything, will we do differently?
So many in our generation have tried and tested many gods only to discover none of them has the answer to the emptiness in their hearts. If the financial collapse in the United States has reverberated to every nation on earth, could not the fresh wind of God's Spirit reach every continent in the world? It can happen but only when we are serious enough about the things of God to abandon all of self for all of Christ. It can and will happen only when the church is ready to provide real spiritual leadership, to teach Kingdom values to the newborn in Christ, to do ministry, and to fulfill the Acts 1:8 imperative.
The general tenor of our country is one of fear and panic. If people don't find an answer for their panic, these dire predictions can actually become self-fulfilling.
First, we need leaders ...
For many years, I have been unable to shake a growing conviction that too often we as citizen-Christians have put too much hope for lasting spiritual change in our American political system. I fear we have grown accustomed to putting more confidence in government than in God Himself. There seems to be an underlying assumption that we can effect spiritual transformation through the elective process. Simply stated, we often feel that if we can elect enough "righteous" people, our nation will experience an awakening of godliness.
Following this last round of elections, a number of editorials were written about the demise of the Religious Right. Some were quite insightful (see, for example, Cal Thomas, "Religious Right: RIP"). Few, however, offered solutions that Bible-believing Christians can affirm. No doubt, we have been assigned by our Lord to have a redemptive influence on fallen culture. Part of that assignment is to voice our convictions and vote our conscience...
From the statement on Sexual Abuse Prevention by the President and Chief Executive Officer of the SBC Executive Committee to the Southern Baptist Convention in Indianapolis, Indiana, June 10, 2008.
As Southern Baptists, we have much for which to be thankful. Our pastors preach the Word of God with power. Our churches witness effectively to the unsaved in cities and communities throughout the country. God continues to call many of our young people to the mission fields of the world; a new strategy for evangelizing the United States has been launched. Our seminaries excel in teaching new theologians and training new pastors. Our moral and religious liberty convictions are well represented in the public square. Our publications are some of the finest Bible study materials in the world. Our pulpits are filled with anointed preachers. Our classrooms are filled with brilliant teachers.
In church after Southern Baptist church across our country, God has called out many o...
The Executive Committee makes a conscientious effort to lead Southern Baptists by example. Although it is done without fanfare, the Committee has taken every precaution to be ever conscious of the Convention's welfare.
Our Committee members, who function as trustees, have routinely demonstrated their love for Christ, a steadfast loyalty to our Convention, and a realization that we do not have all the answers but with God's guidance we will work to give our Convention our best counsel based upon a thorough study of the issues.
The Executive Committee's responsibilities are stated in the Bylaws of the Southern Baptist Convention. Why is this so? It is because the Committee is a direct extension of the Convention. Therefore, the overriding objective of the Committee is to make decisions and offer recommendations with what it believes to be in the best interest of the entire Convention.
The welfare of the Convention is first and foremost in every consid...
In my report entitled "Leading by Example" to the Southern Baptist Convention in San Antonio, I noted that the Executive Committee in February had adopted the following statement about the Baptist Faith and Message:
"The Baptist Faith and Message is not a creed, or a complete statement of our faith, nor final or infallible; nevertheless we further acknowledge that it is the only consensus statement of doctrinal beliefs approved by the Southern Baptist Convention and as such is sufficient in its current form to guide trustees in their establishment of policies and practices of entities of the Convention."
It must be noted that the SBC Executive Committee adopted the statement for itself, and perhaps as a model others may choose to follow, but not as a recommendation for other entities or the Southern Baptist Convention. Had it been drafted as a recommendation to the 2007 Southern Baptist Convention it might have been constructed dif...
In 2004, the Southern Baptist Convention ended its identification with an alliance that had begun gradually to distance itself from the biblical beliefs of most Southern Baptists and embrace causes and connections that were increasingly liberal. After much prayer and soul-searching the BWA Study Committee made a recommendation to the Executive Committee. The Committee recommended withdrawal of its membership from the BWA, effective October 1, 2004, and encouraged a continued study about how the Southern Baptist Convention might establish an even closer bond of fellowship with conservative evangelical Christians around the world for the purpose of growing in the grace of our Loving Lord, preaching the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ to the ends of the earth, and bringing glory to His name through the advancement of God's Kingdom on earth. In part the recommendation also stated:
That, effective October 1, 2004, the contribution to the Baptist World Alliance heretofore include...