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A Pastors’ Task Force was enlisted to assess and respond to the decline in Southern Baptist evangelism and baptisms.
Al Gilbert (V. P. of Evangelism, North American Mission Board) selected pastors from a variety of geographic regions, ministry approaches and ethnic backgrounds—a few denominational leaders were asked to come alongside these pastors to assist (Task Force Members list attached).
Ed Stetzer (President of LifeWay Research) assisted the Task Force by providing context and perspective from research.
The goals of the Task Force were simple–help Southern Baptists own the problems and offer suggestions on how to start addressing the problems. Here is a summary of the report.
We pastors, members of this Task Force, encourage our fellow SBC pastors to join us in owning this problem. Together, we can lead our churches to be part of the solution.
As we each search our own hearts, reflect on our own leadership, and evaluate our congregations, we must acknowledge these problems through repentance and prayer.
Andy Addis | CrossPoint Church, Hutchinson, Kan.
David Galvan | New Life Hispanic Baptist, Dallas, Texas
Dennis Manpoong Kim | Global Mission Church, Silver Spring, Md.
Jeff Lovingood | Long Hollow Baptist Church, Tenn.
Doug Melton | Southern Hills Baptist Church, Oklahoma City, Okla.
Carlos Navarro | West Brownsville Hispanic Baptist, Brownsville, Texas
Roger Spradlin | Valley Baptist Church, Bakersfield, Calif.
Keith Wieser | Resonate Church, Pullman, Wash.
K. Marshall Williams, Sr. | Nazarene Baptist Church, Philadelphia, Pa.
Jay Wolf | First Baptist Church, Montgomery, Ala.
Benny Wong | First Chinese Baptist Church, Los Angeles, Calif.
Milton Hollifield | Executive Director, Baptist State Convention of North Carolina
Wayne Jenkins | State Director of Evangelism, Louisiana Baptist Convention
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