NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Southern Baptist Convention Executive Committee President Frank Page has announced the members of an advisory team who will help him craft a strategic plan to bring together various groups within the convention who hold different opinions on the issue of Calvinism.
The 16-member group will conduct its first meeting Aug. 29-30 in Nashville, Tenn.
“My goal is to develop a strategy whereby people of various theological persuasions can purposely work together in missions and evangelism,” Page told Baptist Press. The list was announced Aug. 15.
At some point in the coming weeks and months, he said, “most likely there will be the crafting of a statement regarding the strategy on how we can work together.”
“I want to be very clear: This is not an attempt to redo the theological consensus that we have in the Baptist Faith and Message 2000,” Page said. “It is practical in nature, not doctrinal.”
Page emphasized that the group is “not an official committee” of the convention. He also said additional names could be added to the group.
“It’s a group of helpers helping Frank Page come up with some sort of strategy document,” he said.
David Dockery, president of Union University in Jackson, Tenn., helped Page put together the list.
“We wanted people who truly represented the various constituencies involved in this theological discussion,” said Page, who in May and then in June publicly said he was working on naming such a group.
Following are the members of the advisory team:
– Daniel Akin, president, Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, Wake Forest, N.C.
– Mark Dever, senior pastor, Capitol Hill Baptist Church, Washington D.C.
– David Dockery, president, Union University, Jackson, Tenn.
– Leo Endel, executive director, Minnesota-Wisconsin Baptist Convention.
– Ken Fentress, senior pastor, Montrose Baptist Church, Rockville, Md.
– Timothy George, dean, Beeson Divinity School, Birmingham, Ala.
– Eric Hankins, senior pastor, First Baptist Church, Oxford, Miss.
– Johnny Hunt, pastor, First Baptist Church, Woodstock, Ga.
– Tammi Ledbetter, homemaker and layperson, Inglewood Baptist Church, Grand Prairie, Texas.
– Steve Lemke, provost, director of the Baptist Center for Theology and Ministry at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary.
– Fred Luter, senior pastor, Franklin Avenue Baptist Church, New Orleans; president, Southern Baptist Convention.
– R. Albert Mohler Jr., president, Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Louisville, Ky.
– Paige Patterson, president, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, Fort Worth, Texas.
– Stephen Rummage, senior pastor, Bell Shoals Baptist Church, Brandon, Fla.
– Daniel Sanchez, professor of missions, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, Fort Worth, Texas.
– Jimmy Scroggins, senior pastor, First Baptist Church, West Palm Beach, Fla.
In early August, Page was part of a panel discussion where he and other panelists said Southern Baptists should and can unite, despite differences on the issue of Calvinism.
(EDITOR’S NOTE – Michael Foust is associate editor of Baptist Press.)