Don’t miss ‘great movement,’ Wright urges
Baptist Press
July 13, 2011

Don’t miss ‘great movement,’ Wright urges

Don’t miss ‘great movement,’ Wright urges
Baptist Press
July 13, 2011

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — What God began during the Southern

Baptist Convention (SBC) annual meeting in Phoenix could become “a great

movement of the Lord” across North America and around the world, SBC President

Bryant Wright said in a video at pray4sbc.com.

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Wright used his post-convention video message to summarize, for the churches

not at the meeting, “how God was moving in the convention.”

“If there is one thing that would be true about our convention in Phoenix, it

was an overwhelming unity of focus … on the Great Commission,” both in terms

of planting churches in North America and taking the gospel to people groups

around the world that have yet to hear, Wright said in the video.

The convention’s focus on North America’s lostness and the fact that 3,800

people groups overseas are “unreached and unengaged” stirred a dramatic

response among messengers at the meeting, Wright said.

“God is moving powerfully in this area. If you weren’t able to be at the

convention … I really encourage you to look into this. I really encourage you

to pray about this,” Wright said.

“Don’t hesitate to contact the International

Mission Board (IMB) about embracing an unreached, unengaged people group, or

the North American Mission Board (NAMB) about being part of a new church plant.”

Wright praised the two mission boards for working to give leadership to these

initiatives to the churches.

“What is so exciting about both these areas is it will be church led; it’s not

going to be led by the IMB or by NAMB,” Wright said. “These will be church-led

focuses with NAMB and IMB being the facilitators, being the trainers, being the

support group to enable expansion of our Great Commission calling to be fulfilled

in a greater way in the years ahead.”

The commitment of more Southern Baptist churches to get involved in church

planting and overseas mission seems to indicate God is working among them in a

dramatic way, Wright added.

“To see the excitement about what God began in the convention in Phoenix and

what can happen in churches all throughout our convention, really is something

that seems to be a great movement of the Lord,” Wright said. “If you haven’t

been part of this, I hope you’ll take the initiative, find out more about it. …

It could be God is eager to do a great work in your local church, a greater

work than you’ve ever experienced in your congregation. I hope you won’t miss

out on this opportunity.”

(EDITOR’S NOTE — Compiled by Baptist Press assistant editor and senior

writer Mark Kelly. Information about helping plant churches is available at namb.net. Information about taking the gospel

to unreached unengaged people groups is available at imb.org.)