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What's In A Name?  
The Final Report of the Great Commission Task Force (GCTF) was released on May 3, 2010. It contains a Component called “Celebrating and Empowering Great Commission Giving” (Component Three). The GCTF plans to recommend to the 2010 Southern Baptist Convention in Orlando, Florida, June 15-16, a new category of giving for Southern Baptists to celebrate what the task force calls “Great Commission Giving” (GCG). It will encompass “the total of all monies channeled through the causes of the Southern Baptist Convention, the state conventions, and associations” (Final Report, p. 8). Read More...

In Pursuit of Cooperation  
As a member of the Executive Committee, you serve in one of the most critical positions in the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC). The Convention relies heavily on you to be trustworthy and wise in your deliberations and judgments. The committee always will have its critics, and lobbyists who attempt to pressure you “to see it their way.” Those who live and die by the political sword in the Convention believe that you can be convinced of their position because of your desire for political good will. But in the years I have been here, members of the Executive Committee have displayed rare and courageous resistance against those who attempt to influence your vote on everything from issues to officer nominees. The vast majority of the EC members over the years, including those of you who are here tonight, have maintained your integrity and the integrity of the EC as you have made decisions upon hearing the facts and listening for the voice of God. You must never be swayed or persuaded by anything but a combination of good reasoning, sound doctrine, and a profound dependence upon the guidance of the Holy Spirit. Read More...

Memorandum on Convention Process and Procedures  
Most of you are aware that Ronnie Floyd, chair of the Great Commission Task Force (GCTF), will present an interim report of the GCTF this coming Monday night to the SBC Executive Committee (EC). As we approach next week’s regularly scheduled meeting of the Executive Committee, I wish to place the Great Commission Task Force Interim Report in its broader context relative to your work as the Executive Committee of the SBC. Read More...

Official Letter of Retirement  
In February 1992, the then members of the Executive Committee elected me to serve as the president/treasurer of the Executive Committee of the Southern Baptist Convention to succeed Harold C. Bennett upon his retirement, September 30, 1992. The Executive Committee, in its September 1992 meeting, recommended that the title of the position be changed to “president and chief executive officer.” On my inaugural date, I also became treasurer of the Southern Baptist Convention and treasurer of the Executive Committee. Later, I became chairman of the Southern Baptist Foundation when it became a subsidiary of the Executive Committee in 1997. Read More...

Journey of Faith  
During my second term as president of the Southern Baptist Convention, the chairman of the Presidential Search Committee of the Executive Committee (EC) asked if I were willing to be interviewed by the committee. After several meetings with me and thorough research into my life, ministry, and skills, the committee subsequently recommended me to the Executive Committee. I will be forever grateful to the members of the search committee for their faith in me and for the years of encouragement they have given me since that time. The members were Julian Motley, NC, chairman; Stan Coffey, TX; Doyle Collins, OR; Ronnie Floyd, AR; Gwyna Parker, TX; Guy Sanders, FL; Simon Tsoi, AZ; Joe Warwick, TN; Fred Wolfe, AL; David Hankins, LA, ex officio. Read More...

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