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The President and Chief Executive Officer's Report to the SBC Executive Committee, February 19, 2007

In 1979, something very significant happened in Southern Baptist life: Adrian Rogers, a person who was a good friend to many of us, was elected president of the Southern Baptist Convention. That began what I perceive to be twenty-five years of extraordinary blessings upon our Convention as we began to reaffirm our belief in the authority of God's Word. I thank God we went through that period of time in spite of its difficulty, in spite of its hardship. God blessed our stand for His infallible, inerrant Word, and for that I am very grateful.

I personally believe that the conservative resurgence as a crusade ended in 2004 on its twenty-fifth anniversary. I won't take the time to give you the reasons now. But does that mean that we should no longer hold to those ideals and deep convictions, which we expressed during those twenty-five years? Oh no. In fact we're just beginning to build a Convention for this generation on the basis of our heartfelt convictions and our belie...

Each year many Southern Baptists participate in our Convention's nominations process, and that energy and activity, in turn, causes many others to want to learn more about it. This sort of widespread interest and involvement is a healthy thing and is anticipated by the SBC's governing documents. The nominations process is most visible at each annual meeting, but it begins well in advance of that and is not easily understood by mere observation. The Committee on Nominations will be meeting March 15-16, 2007. This article has been reprised and revised to help more Southern Baptists better understand and participate in this vital aspect of Convention work.

Generally, the process described in the SBC Bylaws is as follows: 1) The president of the Southern Baptist Convention appoints the Committee on Committees; 2) The Committee on Committees nominates the Committee on Nominations [two members from each qualified state or region] to the messengers attending the next annual meetin...

SBC Executive Committee President and Chief Executive Officer Report to the Southern Baptist Convention, June 13, 2006

My hope for our Convention is simple. It runs upon one premise. It rides upon one purpose. It rests upon one person. My hope is built on nothing less than Jesus' blood and righteousness.

Our commission for sending missionaries to the ends of the earth is to scatter the seed of the Gospel. Our compulsion to scatter the seed is the transforming power of Jesus' death on the Cross.

But we have to ask ourselves, "Are we unprepared to saturate the earth with the Gospel?" Sometimes we seem better prepared to compete than to cooperate, to boast than to be brokenhearted, to stand proudly in the synagogue than to kneel at the altar, to judge than to be judged, to call for repentance than to repent.

Listen to Acts 3:19, Repent, then, and turn to God, so that yo...

In my report to the Southern Baptist Convention last year, I defined Southern Baptists as "cooperating conservatives," as contrasted to "separatists." Our heritage, beliefs, and polity are founded upon the two principles, biblical conservatism and cooperation. In the last twenty-five years, Southern Baptists have made it clear that they are biblical conservatives.

While we must be vigilant in guarding against erosion in our doctrinal convictions, we must also closely guard the spirit of cooperation that has characterized our Convention and contributed to the far-reaching witness we have achieved historically around the world. If Southern Baptists leaders, pastors, and laymen ride off in all directions at once without an intentional and strong effort in cooperating with each other, even if and when it doesn't come easily, we could easily fall into God's disfavor where He no longer uses us so mightily to preach His Word to the ends of the earth.

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From the SBC Executive Committee President's Report

February 21, 2005

I am more optimistic about the state of the Convention and the cooperation therein than I have been since coming to this office. My optimism stems not only from the high standards to which the Executive Committee holds itself and the exceptional quality of our work, but also from the growing passion I sense among all entities and throughout the state conventions for being Kingdom people doing Kingdom work, all for God's glory.

Certain ingredients are necessary for this passion to stay the course until it sweeps the Convention and, hopefully, the nation. We have some of these ingredients in common with other conservative evangelicals; others are distinctive to us.

Biblical integrity and doctrinal purity are matters about which we must be forever vigi...

SBC Executive Committee President and Chief Executive Officer Report to the Southern Baptist Convention, June 15, 2004

They said it couldn't be done. Religious scholars and well-known pastors said it couldn't be done. Historians and futurists said it couldn't be done. Denominational leaders said it couldn't be done. Liberals believed that no band of Bible-thumping preachers, professors, and laymen could ever be used of God to return a denomination to its conservative roots.

We need only to look at mainline American churches to see examples of once-vibrant denominations in agonizing decline. Do you know why? Their leaders abandoned the clear teachings of the Bible. The faithful in the pews and pulpits tried to steer them back to their conservative roots, but were defeated by the juggernaut of liberalism. Their appeals for fidelity to God's Word were ignored.

These well-meaning believers, devoted to the absolute authority of the Bible, were condemned as narrow-minded, uninformed proponents of an outdated theological worldview. As a result, once-proud, gospel-preaching d...

SBC Executive Committee President and Chief Executive Officer Report to the Southern Baptist Convention, June 17, 2003

Last year, our Southern Baptist Convention adopted a new vision entitled Empowering Kingdom Growth (EKG). People often ask, "What is Empowering Kingdom Growth?"

Biblically, the definition is captured in Matthew 6:33, Seek ye first the Kingdom of God, and His righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.

EKG "is an initiative designed to call individual Southern Baptists to renew their passion for the Lord Jesus and the reign of His kingdom in their hearts, families, and churches from which God can forge a spiritual awakening marked by holy living, sacrificial service, and global witness."

God has answered many of the prayers of our EKG Task Force members. We had been asking God how we could pr...

In the Bible, the heart represents more than an organ in the body, it is a description of the whole of man. In the Holy Scripture, the heart is often used to refer to the intellectual, emotional, and volitional capacities that God uses to communicate fully with us; and these are described in reference to the center of man's being. Clearly, we can understand God intends that in our very essence we communicate completely and transparently — whole-heartedly — with Him. Empowering Kingdom Growth seeks to catalyze a movement among Southern Baptists that makes God the priority in our thoughts, our feelings, our desires, and our efforts — giving God rule and reign in our hearts.

Intellectual Heart

In Deuteronomy 6:6-7, God demands we commit Hi...

From opening remarks by Morris H. Chapman in the President's Address to the SBC Executive Committee, February 17, 2003

Empowering Kingdom Growth is not in and of itself a revival. Empowering Kingdom Growth in and of itself is not a spiritual awakening. In fact, Empowering Kingdom Growth in no way implies that we will empower ourselves or that we will empower others. Who has the power to empower God's people? Only God Himself.

Empowering Kingdom Growth has not been promoted as a program. We have called it a process, and I've discovered that it's a lot more easily understood to be a program than a process. First of all, we're accustomed to talking ...

SBC Executive Committee President's Report

February 17, 2003

And Isaac digged again the wells of water, which they had digged in the days of Abraham his father; for the Philistines had stopped them after the death of Abraham: and he called their names after the names by which his father had called them. ~ Genesis 26.18

We all know you can't live in the desert without water. You can't survive. It's a matter of life and death! Without water Isaac's people and his sheep and cattle would perish — there was nothing refreshing, nothing growing, and no life! But Isaac knew that his Father had passed this way long ago and he began to search for the wells his father would have dug. He found them, but the Philistines had filled them with debris and covered over them. But these wells had provided life for his father and his father's generation. So what did he do when he found them? Isaac redug his father's wells. And from those wells came the precious water so necessary for li...