Platt to step down from IMB; Meador named interim president
    September 14 2018 by Julie McGowan, IMB

    After receiving the resignation of David Platt, International Mission Board (IMB) president, to be effective at the Sept. 27, 2018, trustee meeting, the Executive Committee of the board of trustees of the IMB voted in a special meeting Sept. 13 to approve Clyde Meador as interim president starting Sept. 27, subject to full board approval.
     
    Platt has served as president of the IMB since Aug. 27, 2014. Since September 2017, Platt also has served as pastor/teacher of McLean Bible Church in metro Washington, D.C. On Feb. 12, 2018, Platt asked the mission agency’s trustees to begin searching for his successor. While requesting that the search for the IMB’s next president begin immediately, Platt stated his intention to continue serving as president during the search process.
     
    In that commitment, board chairman Rick Dunbar reported in a statement issued Sept. 14 that Platt has continued to serve “with resolute steadfastness, and has not wavered in his commitment to the Lord, to the IMB, staff, field personnel, and Southern Baptists as a whole.”
     

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    David Platt has served as president of the International Mission Board since Aug. 27, 2014. He will step down as president Sept. 27. Platt is pastor/teacher of McLean Bible Church in metro Washington, D.C.


    “Trustee officers recently discussed with David the possibility of the need for an organizational transition to an interim time as the presidential search continues,” said Dunbar, a member of First Baptist Church Madison, Miss. “The board’s Executive Committee met, and after prayer and discussion decided to release David from his commitment to the IMB in order to allow him to focus full time on his new role in gospel ministry at McLean Bible Church, and for the IMB to move forward into a transition period.”
     
    In his tenure as president, Platt “has led in the global mission task with impeccable integrity, great wisdom, and a deep passion for God, the church, and the lost,” Dunbar said. “He is one of the most gifted preachers of this generation.”
     
    “Because of his leadership, the IMB has been streamlined as an organization for greater effectiveness in the 21st century,” Dunbar added. “He has led the IMB to solid financial ground, and the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering has been as strong as ever.”
     
    In his statement released Sept. 14, Platt referenced his intention to serve as president during the search for his successor. He also noted, “I want to honor the authority God has placed over me in every way I can, and I want to do whatever is best for the IMB.”
     
    “As I give myself to global mission as pastor of a local church, I am praying continually for God’s grace in leading trustees to a good, godly leader for the future of the IMB,” Platt said. “Moreover, I am praying continually for God’s blessing on the incredible staff and missionaries of the IMB who comprise a passionate, potent force for the spread of His gospel and His glory among the nations. I am grateful to God, to these brothers and sisters, and to the churches of the SBC for the humbling privilege, pure joy, and undeserved honor of serving in this role over these years.”
     

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    Clyde Meador has been named interim president of the International Mission Board, effective Sept. 27. Meador has served with the IMB for 42 years as a missionary and administrator, most recently as executive advisor to the president.


    After a year and a half in retirement, Meador returned to his current role as executive advisor to the President in January 2018. In his 42 years of service with the IMB, he has worked closely with three presidents as an advisor and executive vice president, and he previously served as IMB’s interim president from August 2010 to March 2011. He and his wife, Elaine, were appointed as missionaries to Indonesia in 1974. Their service also included leadership in South Asia, Southeast Asia, and Central Asia, before joining the entity’s leadership team in Richmond in 2001.
     
    “Clyde’s walk with the Lord, humility, wisdom, broad experience and steady leadership will prove valuable during the time of transition,” Dunbar said.
     
    The IMB board of trustees will meet Sept. 26-27 in Richmond, Va. A Sending Celebration to honor the newest Southern Baptist international missionaries will be hosted Sept. 26 at 7 p.m. at Grove Avenue Baptist Church in Richmond.
     
    (EDITOR’S NOTE Julie McGowan is public relations manager for the International Mission Board.)
     

    Statement from David Platt

    Seven months ago, February 12, 2018, I asked trustees to begin a search for a new president, and I committed to serve the IMB faithfully as president until my successor was found. Recently, however, in light of trustee concerns about me serving as a pastor in a church while finishing my service as president of the IMB, trustee leaders asked me to consider stepping down from my position in the near future rather than waiting for my successor to be in place. I want to honor the authority God has placed over me in every way I can, and I want to do whatever is best for the IMB. Therefore, I am stepping down from my role at the IMB, effective at our next trustee meeting, September 27, 2018.
     
    As I give myself to global mission as pastor of a local church, I am praying continually for God’s grace in leading trustees to a good, godly leader for the future of the IMB. Moreover, I am praying continually for God’s blessing on the incredible staff and missionaries of the IMB who comprise a passionate, potent force for the spread of His gospel and His glory among the nations. I am grateful to God, to these brothers and sisters, and to the churches of the SBC for the humbling privilege, pure joy, and undeserved honor of serving in this role over these years.
     
    David Platt
     

    Statement from Rick Dunbar

    On February 12, 2018, David Platt asked IMB Trustees to begin the search for a new president. At the time he committed to serve the IMB as president until his successor was elected. He has continued to do so with resolute steadfastness, and has not wavered in his commitment to the Lord, to the IMB, staff, field personnel, and Southern Baptists as a whole.
     
    Trustee officers recently discussed with David the possibility of the need for an organizational transition to an interim time as the presidential search continues. Following their discussions, David submitted his resignation as President of the IMB effective September 27, 2018. The board’s Executive Committee met, and after prayer and discussion decided to release David from his commitment to the IMB in order to allow him to focus full time on his new role in gospel ministry at McLean Bible Church, and for the IMB to move forward into a transition period.
     
    At the same EC meeting, the Committee voted for Clyde Meador, executive advisor to the President, to be named interim President of the IMB starting September 27, 2018, subject to full board approval. Clyde’s walk with the Lord, humility, wisdom, broad experience and steady leadership will prove valuable during a time of transition.
     
    Dr. Platt has served as the President of the IMB since August 27, 2014. He has led in the global mission task with impeccable integrity, great wisdom, and a deep passion for God, the church, and the lost. He is one of the most gifted preachers of this generation. His teaching has impacted an untold number of people and challenged them to lay their lives out as a blank check before God.
     
    He leaves having completed several major initiatives. Under his leadership, we have been strengthened theologically with the capstone Foundations document as evidence. Because of his leadership, the IMB has been streamlined as an organization for greater effectiveness in the 21st century. He has led the IMB to solid financial ground, and the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering has been as strong as ever.
     
    We love David Platt. I am eternally grateful to God for his leadership among us. We pray for God’s blessings on David and his family as they continue their kingdom service at McLean Bible Church.
     
    Since 1845, Southern Baptists have focused on reaching the lost with the Gospel of Jesus Christ in obedience to the Great Commission. Our mission today remains forward focused. Let’s join together to pray that our best days are ahead of us, for the glory of God and for the sake of the lost.
     
    Rick Dunbar
    IMB Trustee Chairman
    9/14/2018 4:00:56 PM by Julie McGowan, IMB | with 0 comments
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