SBC Embarks on New Era of Intentional Evangelism? – Part 1

Johnny Hunt and Emerging Opportunities

Yesterday’s announcement of a new Senior Vice President of Evangelism and Leadership stirred enthusiasm for many inside the SBC.  Beyond the affirmations of a beloved pastor and gifted preacher in Johnny Hunt, cautious hope abounds that Southern Baptists may be making efforts to regain their zeal and historic commitment to intentional evangelism in both established […]

Bringing the SBC Home (Local)

A Unifying Proposal

In an age of modern connectivity technology, the national SBC still uses a single host location to gather each June to conduct the business and hear the will of 47,272 churches spread across North America. With participation, cooperation and support at low levels and a great need for human and financial resources for missions, has […]

Is the New NAMB Really Working? – Summary

The Evidence is Before You...

At the 2016 Southern Baptist Convention in St. Louis, Kevin Ezell, the President of the North American Mission Board spoke to SBC Messengers.  He asked the question:  “Is the New NAMB Working?  Dr. Ezell answered the question with anecdotes, stories about good things happening in the lives of individuals and families who were connecting with […]

Truth and Responses to Questions Re: Ezell/NAMB

Responses to False and Misleading Information

“One is either seeking the truth, or they are playing a role in the deception,” as wise person once shared with me.  I have experienced this over and over again as cover-up and denials began in Dr. Ezell, BCMD officers, NAMB leadership, and various forms of media.  It is also true that either the truth […]

Is the NEW NAMB Really Working? Introduction

Separating New NAMB Public Relations Spin from the Underlying Facts

At the 2016 SBC Annual Convention in St. Louis, President Kevin Ezell declared by word and video, “It Is Working”.  The “It” he was referencing the NEW NAMB directing of “increasing amount of its resources to church planting”.   But, is it really?  Is the post-Great Commission Resurgence NEW NAMB producing the results as advertised in […]

The Rest of the Story….

The Why's of Our Legal Complaint Against NAMB President Kevin Ezell

What do you do when the President of the North American Mission Board posts your picture at the Welcome Desk of their offices in Alpharetta?  Sandy and I have been faced not only with that dilemma, but countless others resulting from the behaviors of Dr. Kevin Ezell. Most regrettably, Dr. Ezell’s actions and the lack […]

Going Going Gone, Sold: Essential Elements of SBC Mission Efforts

Major Changes in latest NAMB/State Convention Cooperative Agreements Shift SBC "Ecology"

The terms contained in the new “Cooperative Agreements” and “Cooperative Budgets” are quietly altering the life of the SBC.  “Cooperative Agreements” establish the terms that dictate how NAMB and State Conventions relate as they work together to accomplish our mission.  State Budgets assign how money will flow from State Conventions to NAMB and other SBC […]

Big Red, His Rider Macy and Lessons on Stewardship

Stewarding Families, Churches and Denominational Life

  My family does not camp, but 4,000 miles in a car with a 6, 9, 12 year old daughters has to be similar to camping. The summer of 2001 included our family’s all-time favorite 16 day summer vacation to Tucson and work trip to Glorieta, NM. Beautiful scenery, Tombstone, the desert golf courses, a […]

Dealing with Decline: The Future of Southern Baptist Cooperation

Is the SBC in Danger of Unraveling at the Seams?

We have got such a great past, BUT are we going to have a future? The Southern Baptist Convention has a strong historic foundation, but is currently declining in worship and small group attendance, baptisms, church plants, and cooperative mission dollars invested. QUESTION: With less resources and declines in most measurable indicators, what are Southern […]

Church Planting and Evangelism

Can church planting turnaround the Southern Baptist Convention’s steady decline in baptisms? In 2002, the North American Mission Board of the SBC commissioned me to determine whether church plants are more effective by ratio in baptisms than established churches. Short answer to a longer complex matter, church plants have slightly better baptism ratios. Church plants […]