Reflections from Orlando
    July 12 2010 by Milton A. Hollifield Jr., BSC Executive Director-Treasurer

    It has been about a month now since the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) met in Orlando. I, like many of you, have spent time reflecting on the meeting. One of the things that always excites me about the SBC is the Crossover event held prior to the meeting.

    This year about 1,200 volunteers poured into Orlando to participate in this evangelism outreach, and as a result, 1,505 people received Jesus Christ as their personal Lord and Savior. Reports of lives changed with the gospel — nothing should delight us more than that. This year recorded the highest SBC attendance since the 2006 meeting in Greensboro. About 11,070 messengers attended this year, up from last year’s 8,790. Included in this year’s messenger count were many more younger pastors and leaders than in recent years. One younger pastor is Eric Moffett of First Baptist Church in Sparkman, Ark. Moffett, who is only 26 years old, was named the new SBC second vice president.

    Some people say it’s the younger generation that needs to step up and do more to support the Cooperative Program. Eric is proof that we should not be so quick to stereotype younger pastors. Eric is a supporter of the Cooperative Program, so much so that First Baptist received the M.E. Dodd Award for significant achievement in Cooperative Program missions support.

    The Cooperative Program was a much talked about topic during the SBC. The Cooperative Program is getting more attention here lately than it has in a long time. I believe, as I told our Board of Directors not long ago, that the Cooperative Program is the centerpiece for how we do missions. I agree with my friend Dr. John Sullivan in Florida who calls the Cooperative Program “God given and mission driven.”

    I hope that as a result of what took place in Orlando more churches will discuss the importance of the Cooperative Program and the vital role it plays as we seek to fulfill the Great Commission. The report from the Great Commission Resurgence Task Force helped us all start thinking more about what must change in order to get the gospel to those who have never heard. I pray that their report will challenge each of us to consider what must change in our own hearts in order for us to be most effective as ambassadors for Jesus Christ.

    SBC messengers clearly showed their support of the GCR Task Force recommendations. This means we are entering a new beginning as the SBC. Time will tell how committed we really are to fulfilling the Great Commission. I pray we will prove faithful to sharing the gospel and to supporting the Cooperative Program.

    The future of the SBC is dependent upon a fresh movement of the Holy Spirit in revival. Please join me in praying for God to do a mighty work in our hearts.

    “And we are his witnesses of these things; and so is also the Holy Ghost, whom God hath given to them that obey him.” Acts 5:32
    7/12/2010 9:19:00 AM by Milton A. Hollifield Jr., BSC Executive Director-Treasurer | with 0 comments

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