Floyd claims ‘enormous progress’ for GCRTF
Mark Kelly, Baptist Press
December 02, 2009

Floyd claims ‘enormous progress’ for GCRTF

Floyd claims ‘enormous progress’ for GCRTF
Mark Kelly, Baptist Press
December 02, 2009

ATLANTA — The Great

Commission Resurgence Task Force (GCRTF) made “enormous” progress in its Nov. 30-Dec. 1

meeting in Atlanta and plans to present a substantial report during the

February meeting of the Southern Baptist Convention’s Executive Committee, task

force chairman Ronnie Floyd said.

“We made great, enormous

progress today,” Floyd told Baptist Press after adjourning the meeting, which

was held in the Renaissance Hotel near Atlanta’s Hartsfield International


“We’re wrestling; we’re going through it. But the group has been

great. Yesterday and today we ended with tremendous oneness, tremendous


The 23-member task force

heard reports from North American Mission Board (NAMB) leadership; Ed Stetzer,

director of LifeWay Research; and Morris H. Chapman, president of the SBC

Executive Committee, Floyd said. The NAMB updates came from trustee chairman

Tim Patterson; interim president Richard Harris; and Ted Traylor, chairman of

the board’s presidential search committee and GCRTF member.

That report was followed

later in the day by Stetzer’s presentation, which focused on church planting in

North America. Stetzer had been co-chairman of a 24-member task force appointed

by NAMB’s then-president, Geoff Hammond, to “take a fresh look at how Southern Baptists

should look at the Great Commission in times such as these” but that group

dissolved after Hammond’s resignation Aug. 11. After Stetzer completed the

report, task force members discussed issues related to NAMB until they

adjourned just before 11 p.m. Monday.

The Tuesday morning session

opened with an address from the Executive Committee’s Chapman, Floyd said.

“Dr. Chapman spoke to us

about the status of the Executive Committee, what was on his heart, and then

talked to us about some future thoughts about the SBC,” Floyd explained. “Then

we had a question and answer time with him. The rest of our day was talking

about how to reach North America, the role of some of our denominational

entities in that. We talked some, obviously, about the Executive Committee

because Dr. Chapman had given us a report about the Executive Committee.”

Floyd said the task force

has notified Chapman’s office that they intend to present a substantial report

to the Feb. 22-23 Executive Committee meeting in Nashville.

“We’re pretty committed that’s

when we’re going to have our coming-out party,” Floyd said. “Will we be

bringing a once and for all final report? … No, I don’t think we’re going to

be able to get there at that point. Our goal would be to get what I would call

the body of the report — the things that would require cooperation and

understanding of why we are doing what we want to do and this is what we want

to do and how do we get there.”


is an assistant editor with Baptist Press.)