Meador named as interim as Platt set to step down from IMB

    September 16, 2018

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    RICHMOND Va. (BP) – After receiving the resignation of David Platt as president of the International Mission Board to be effective at the Sept. 27 trustee meeting the trustees' executive committee voted in a special meeting Sept. 13 to name Clyde Meador as interim president subject to full board approval.


    Platt has served as IMB president since Aug. 27 2014. Since September of last year he also has served as pastor/teacher of McLean Bible Church in metro Washington D.C. On Feb. 12 of this year Platt asked IMB trustees to begin searching for his successor. While requesting that the search for the mission board'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."


    "Trustee officers recently discussed with David the possibility of the need for an organizational transition to an interim time as the presidential search continues" Dunbar a member of First Baptist Church in Madison Miss. continued.

    "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."

    Lisa Lovell recording secretary of IMB’s board of trustees and a member of First Baptist Church Fayetteville affirmed Platt's leadership at IMB.

    “I’m especially grateful for how David Platt’s gracious leadership has directly impacted my life the lives of my family members and the lives of many in my church in addition to powerfully influencing the IMB SBC and the cause of global missions. I know God will continue to use him in powerful ways as he transitions to a full-time pastor teacher and author” Lovell said.


    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 a statement released Sept. 14 Platt referenced his intention to serve as president during the search for his successor but 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."

    After a year and a half in retirement Meador returned to his current role as executive adviser to the president in January 2018. In his 42 years of service with the IMB Meador has worked closely with three presidents as an adviser 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 IMB'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.

    IMB 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.


    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.

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