The young Baptist network Baptist21 and Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary will host a panel discussion on the Great Commission Resurgence Task Force work during the chapel service at Southeastern at 10 a.m. April 28.
The panel will include the three North Carolina Baptists on the 23-member task force: Southeastern Seminary President Danny Akin and pastors Al Gilbert of Calvary Baptist Church in Winston-Salem and J.D. Greear of the Summit in Durham.
Joining the discussion via live video feed will be task force members Ronnie Floyd, chairman, Al Mohler, president of Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and SBC President Johnny Hunt.
Nathan Akin, son of Southeastern Seminary President Danny Akin, who is organizing the event, said Southern Baptists are at “a critical time” and he anticipates the panel discussion will contribute to a “great clarity when the final report and recommendations are given” at the SBC annual meeting in Orlando in June.
Chapel services are held in Southeastern’s Binkley Chapel.
Nathan Akin, who said Baptist21 will moderate the discussion, said the panel should be able to answer some of the many questions the task force’s initial report has raised, such as consequences of ending cooperative agreements between state conventions and the North American Mission Board (NAMB); whether state conventions would compensate for loss of NAMB shared ministries by lowering the percentage of Cooperative Program money forwarded to SBC national entities; why the task force did not recommend a single, Global Mission Board; is the report just bureaucratic reorganization and many other questions of vital interest to Baptists.
Floyd told Baptist Communicators in Chicago April 7 that the task force’s revised preliminary report to be released May 3 will be significantly different from the Feb. 22 report upon which panel questions will be based. Panel members have stuck to a policy of confidentiality so they will likely not feel at liberty to discuss changes they already know will be in the May 3 report.
Nathan Akin is inviting questions to present to the panel.
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