Doctor orders Johnny Hunt to rest
Norman Jameson, BR Editor
August 09, 2010

Doctor orders Johnny Hunt to rest

Doctor orders Johnny Hunt to rest
Norman Jameson, BR Editor
August 09, 2010

Under doctor’s orders Johnny

Hunt, immediate past president of the Southern Baptist Convention, is taking an

extended break from all responsibilities, according to an announcement made at

First Baptist Church, Woodstock, Ga. Aug. 8, where he is pastor.

Church members were

expecting his return Sunday from his annual July sabbatical, but Jim Law, senior

associate pastor and administrator, said that “At the advice at several of us

they sought the counsel of a professional who recommended an extended break

from their routine.”

Law said Johnny and his

wife, Janet, were both “physically and emotionally depleted” from caring for

the large congregation and leading the Southern Baptist Convention the past two


“I know of no one else on

the planet who has given himself away to others more than pastor Johnny,” said


“Many people face physical

and emotional weariness. This is especially in leaders’ lives and their

families,” said Law, who then drew comparisons between the Hunts’ experience

and the prophet Elijah.

He said Elijah’s life shows

that “exhaustion often follows mountain top experiences” and it “often follows

intense periods of stress and strain, which they’ve been under.”

He said the staff stands “in

total support of the counsel they’ve received” and he urged all staff and

church members not to attempt to communicate with the Hunts “in any way at this


Although the Hunts’

condition will “continue to be monitored” Law said Hunt is expected to return

to the pulpit Sept. 19, which would conclude a 10-week absence.