A Critical Time for the SBC
This week the Annual Meeting of the Southern Baptist Convention (#SBC18) will be held in Dallas, TX. Usually, this gathering is mostly worship, sermons, and meetings among the “messengers.” Each year there are also resolutions passed to communicate faith statements to the outside world.
This year, however, things will most certainly be focused inward. If there has ever been a time to pray diligently for our denomination, that time is now. The SBC is already declining in both attendance and giving among churches. An internal crisis could be the thing that either breaks us out of our slump or sinks the SBC for good within a generation.
Many of the issues at the center of #SBC18 speak volumes about the state of our denomination. Here are a few:
1. There have been very serious allegations regarding failures to protect victims of assault and abuse. Our SBC churches and institutions should be the first to speak out and stand up for those who cannot protect themselves.
2. There is a movement of women of all different ages calling out those who have minimized the important roles of women in SBC life. Our denomination needs to improve greatly in this area, and I will be among the pastors advocating that these women be heard.
3. The election of the next SBC president is being billed as old guard vs. young guard. This is unfortunate, as I believe both candidates being considered are men of character and would do an excellent job in the role. We need to come together in intergenerational unity, not split over a power struggle.
The world is already watching #SBC18, and it has yet to begin.
Please pray for #SBC18, for our denomination, and also for our church. Pray that God will continue to lead us to follow Jesus closely, to love our neighbor as He has called us to, to live and speak and act with humility and righteousness, and to glorify God in everything we do.
Posted on Sun, June 10, 2018
by Dave Bender