Floyd claims ‘enormous progress’ for GCRTF
    December 2 2009 by Mark Kelly, Baptist Press

    ATLANTA — The Great Commission Resurgence Task Force (GCRTF) made “enormous” progress in its Nov. 30-Dec. 1 meeting in Atlanta and plans to present a substantial report during the February meeting of the Southern Baptist Convention’s Executive Committee, task force chairman Ronnie Floyd said.

    “We made great, enormous progress today,” Floyd told Baptist Press after adjourning the meeting, which was held in the Renaissance Hotel near Atlanta’s Hartsfield International Airport.

    “We’re wrestling; we’re going through it. But the group has been great. Yesterday and today we ended with tremendous oneness, tremendous togetherness.”

    The 23-member task force heard reports from North American Mission Board (NAMB) leadership; Ed Stetzer, director of LifeWay Research; and Morris H. Chapman, president of the SBC Executive Committee, Floyd said. The NAMB updates came from trustee chairman Tim Patterson; interim president Richard Harris; and Ted Traylor, chairman of the board’s presidential search committee and GCRTF member.

    That report was followed later in the day by Stetzer’s presentation, which focused on church planting in North America. Stetzer had been co-chairman of a 24-member task force appointed by NAMB’s then-president, Geoff Hammond, to “take a fresh look at how Southern Baptists should look at the Great Commission in times such as these” but that group dissolved after Hammond’s resignation Aug. 11. After Stetzer completed the report, task force members discussed issues related to NAMB until they adjourned just before 11 p.m. Monday.

    The Tuesday morning session opened with an address from the Executive Committee’s Chapman, Floyd said.

    “Dr. Chapman spoke to us about the status of the Executive Committee, what was on his heart, and then talked to us about some future thoughts about the SBC,” Floyd explained. “Then we had a question and answer time with him. The rest of our day was talking about how to reach North America, the role of some of our denominational entities in that. We talked some, obviously, about the Executive Committee because Dr. Chapman had given us a report about the Executive Committee.”

    Floyd said the task force has notified Chapman’s office that they intend to present a substantial report to the Feb. 22-23 Executive Committee meeting in Nashville.

    “We’re pretty committed that’s when we’re going to have our coming-out party,” Floyd said. “Will we be bringing a once and for all final report? ... No, I don’t think we’re going to be able to get there at that point. Our goal would be to get what I would call the body of the report — the things that would require cooperation and understanding of why we are doing what we want to do and this is what we want to do and how do we get there.”

    (EDITOR’S NOTE — Kelly is an assistant editor with Baptist Press.)  
    12/2/2009 7:03:00 AM by Mark Kelly, Baptist Press | with 6 comments




Comments
Gene Scarborough
Hardly, Brent--you quickly forget the private jet chartered by Bob Reccord so he didn't have to waste time in airport terminals.

The truth I am trying to convey is that Board and Agency executives in the good days did not consider themselves priviledged or special. They looked at everything personal in light of what it might take from the missionary force in money they needed.

How old are you anyway, buddy?

Were you born after 1979 and have no knowledge whatsoever of the days or yore when Baptists were respected and we grew?

I am trying to say clearly what you don't want to admit: we appear to the citizens of America as a bunch of agitating / living in the world of the past / so focused on homos and abortion that nothing else matters FUNDAMENTALISTS!

We are not respected to the point churches are taking Baptist off the sign so people will dare to come. I'm just telling it like it is whether you like it or not, my brother.
12/4/2009 5:31:35 PM

Brent Hobbs
Gene, this is ridiculous nonsense. Are you telling me that you know no one back in your 'glory days' ever spent the money to stay in a middle range hotel? So what if people travel by air these days! Almost everyone does who travels any significant distance. And the price is often not that much greater than driving. You're just being nit-picky, grumpy, and critical. And these we've come to expect from Gene Scarborough.
12/4/2009 10:58:33 AM

Gene Scarborough
Brent--

Thanks for the research on motel room prices!! For me, it is still pricy and a far cry from the economic priorities before the "kings" arrived.

Corts Redford used to take the train or auto. He had a cot in his office should he return too late to get home. By the way, his car was a low price Chevy!

We were growing then. Can you explain why we are having to cut back now???

Enjoy seeing your money gobbled up in excesses everywhere!
12/3/2009 5:34:37 AM

Brent Hobbs
There goes artist not caring about the SBC again! And good to see Gene oozing joyful encouragement as usual.

I'm looking forward to hearing about the initial report in Feb. to the Executive Committee. After all, I did vote in Louisville for the Task Force to be appointed and to (spend the money in order to) meet several times this year.

BTW, Rooms at this particular hotel range from $119 to $209. Hardly the exorbitant palace Gene insinuates.
12/2/2009 11:20:34 PM

Artist28174
These guys are celebrities. They don't stay at Motel 6.
12/2/2009 10:40:07 PM

Gene Scarborough
Renaissance Hotel near Atlanta’s Hartsfield International Airport -- that's a pretty fancy hotel with a pretty big price tag in addition to airfare! What kinds of meals did these folks get served? Plain or fancy?

Let's get a hold on the problem: Money spent lavishly on everything but missionaries' salaries and ministry to the downtrodden of the world does not inspire sacrificial giving!

What would have been the problem of going to the NAMB fancy building at Alpharetta for free, with all its fancy trappings, and staying at the Motel 6 where the lights are always on at a 1/3 price of the Reniassance!

Not trying to overly critical, but this whole deal reminds me of the Auto Industry Execs taking their private jets to beg Congress for a bail out!

If our leaders start staying at the Motel 6 like those of us who give to the CP. If money starts being spent on missionaries in the field, I think we will be more inclined to hear the recommendations and respond to them.

Otherwise, it's just another big show full of empty words and recommendations! Get back to basics like we had in the 50's and 60's of authentic Baptist growth. Rome can no longer demand churches in America support their lavish lifestyle in the Vatican!

12/2/2009 3:23:59 PM

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