MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Several members of the Great Commission Resurgence (GCR) Task Force met with eight executive directors of state conventions Monday in what GCR Task Force Chairman Ronnie Floyd called an “honest and substantial conversation.”
Floyd and six members of the task force met with executive directors of the Alabama, Florida, Oklahoma, Northwest, Indiana, Mississippi, Louisiana and New York Baptist conventions, Floyd said in an e-mail to GCR Task Force prayer partners. The meeting took place in Memphis, Tenn.
Following is the text of Floyd’s e-mail:
“Committed to a process of learning and thinking together with Southern Baptists, I asked a group of Great Commission Resurgence Task Force members and state executive directors to meet in a conversation session designed to help us work together toward our final report in Orlando. We met for six hours on Monday, April 5, 2010 at the Stephen Olford Center of Union University in Memphis, Tennessee. I am very thankful to David Dockery, president of Union University, for his gracious hosting of our conversation, and to all the men who participated in this meeting.
“We had a great time of honest and substantial conversation about our common concerns and, even more importantly, our common commitment to the Great Commission. These were serious men who met together in a great spirit. We talked honestly, heard each other, and made some real progress.
“I am tremendously encouraged by the passions and vision of these men, and they were extremely helpful to us in clarifying our aims and moving to a set of recommendations that will get us to Orlando together. We spent most of our time talking about the issues that have been of greatest concern and interest to the state conventions. These guys believe in their state conventions and their work for the Great Commission, and we do too. They want to see the world reached for Christ, as we do too. On that common ground we made real progress.
“When I presented the interim report of our task force back in February, I said that we wanted to hear from Southern Baptists as we worked toward our final report. I meant what I said, and I am so thankful to the many Southern Baptists who are helping us think and work through these crucial issues. These state convention leaders were generous with their time and so honest in their thoughts. We are determined to get to Orlando together in a way that unifies Southern Baptists and propels us toward greater faithfulness at every level of our Baptist work.
“I tried to bring together representative state leaders from various regions of the country and representative members of the GCR Task Force to foster this important conversation.
In addition to President Johnny Hunt, participants included:
“GCR Task Force Members
“Dr. Ronnie Floyd, Chairman of the GCR Task Force; Dr. David Dockery; Dr. Jim Richards; Dr. Ted Traylor; Dr. Robert White; Dr. Ken Whitten; Dr. Albert Mohler.
“[State Convention] Executive Directors “Dr. Rick Lance, Alabama; Dr. John Sullivan, Florida; Dr. Anthony Jordan, Oklahoma; Dr. Bill Crews, Northwest Baptist Convention; Dr. Stephen Davis, Indiana; Dr. Jim Futral, Mississippi; Dr. David Hankins, Louisiana; Dr. Terry Robertson, New York.”
(EDITOR’S NOTE — Compiled by Michael Foust, an assistant editor of Baptist Press.)