Arkansas Baptist News
LITTLE ROCK – “We cannot afford to play solo during this time.”
That was the word Aug. 12 from Ronnie Floyd, pastor of Cross Church in northwest Arkansas and newly elected president of the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC), to the Arkansas Baptist State Convention (ABSC) Executive Board, staff and guests.
“God is going to fulfill His commission with or without us,” said Floyd. “I want to be with Him.”
Floyd said the reach of the SBC is far and wide, such as in the 42 state conventions and the ABSC.
“We have one common goal,” he said, “to reach the world for Jesus Christ.”
Floyd said since all Southern Baptists are in agreement with that goal, now is the time for “everyone to find their part in that.”
He said the convention needs to strive to “strategically plant gospel churches.”
“We need to be together, and we need to engage the culture,” said Floyd, emphasizing that means inside the borders of Arkansas, the nation and throughout the world, “such as in Iraq.”
Floyd said he recently returned from a trip to Columbus, Ohio, the site of the 2015 SBC Annual Meeting. He encouraged churches to commit to attend the annual meeting and “check on your $9 million investment.” Floyd was referring to the $9.4 million Arkansas Baptists send to the SBC to support causes such as the International Mission Board, the North American Mission Board, seminary education, Christian ethics and religious liberty ministries and other facilitating ministries.
“We need to have a mighty time in the Lord there,” said Floyd, adding that he recently recorded a 5-minute video encouraging everyone to attend. He is asking every state convention to show the video at their upcoming annual meetings.
Floyd also encouraged everyone to read his weekly blog at ronniefloyd.com, in which he said he is asking thousands of Southern Baptists to pray for the next great awakening and to work toward increasing baptisms.
He said the SBC experienced its worst year in baptisms in 62 years, which was when “Harry Truman was in the White House.” He added that all Southern Baptists – including him and his church – must do better because there are a lot more people who live in the United States today than did 62 years ago.
On the front lines are 4,600 student ministers in the SBC, said Floyd, adding that it is imperative that Southern Baptists reach young people through their ministries and other ministries.
“We have all got to do better,” he said. “God has us ready for a mighty movement!”
Contact Tim Yarbrough at firstname.lastname@example.org.