Baptist Message http://baptistmessage.com "Helping Louisiana Baptists Impact the World For Christ" Sun, 07 Apr 2019 17:02:08 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Ronnie Floyd elected SBC EC president/CEO http://baptistmessage.com/ronnie-floyd-elected-sbc-ec-president-ceo/ Thu, 04 Apr 2019 13:33:16 +0000 http://baptistmessage.com/?p=41989 By Diana Chandler DALLAS (BP) – Ronnie Floyd is the new president and CEO of the Southern Baptist Convention’s Executive Committee, elected April 2 by ballot vote in a called meeting in Dallas. Floyd received 68 of 69 votes cast, the EC said, electing Floyd in an executive session of nearly four hours. A former […]

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By Diana Chandler

DALLAS (BP) – Ronnie Floyd is the new president and CEO of the Southern Baptist Convention’s Executive Committee, elected April 2 by ballot vote in a called meeting in Dallas.

Floyd received 68 of 69 votes cast, the EC said, electing Floyd in an executive session of nearly four hours.

A former SBC president, Floyd will resign April 7 from the longtime pastorate of Cross Church in northwest Arkansas and begin his EC leadership immediately, he said in acceptance remarks.

“We’re going to come and we’re going to reach the world with all we have and call this convention up to a level that we all need to go to,” Floyd told the EC. “Please pray for us.”

The strong vote in Floyd’s favor, he said, followed his prayer that the Lord would clearly declare His call for Floyd to serve in the new post.

SBC President J.D. Greear affirmed Floyd’s election in comments to Baptist Press today.

“This is a crucial moment for Southern Baptists, and I am excited to work alongside Ronnie Floyd as he leads the Executive Committee forward,” Greear told BP. “Pastor Ronnie has had a lifetime of leading in the kinds of evangelism and sending we are promoting in the Who’s Your One? and Go2 initiatives, both on the local church and national convention levels.

“He is a man of prayer and a man of action; a man of prudence and man of boldness,” said Greear, pastor of The Summit Church in the Raleigh-Durham, N.C., area. “He is a gifted leader who I believe will keep the Gospel above all.”

Floyd alerted his congregation March 31 to the possibility of his election.

“As an ambassador for Christ, the Gospel and our Southern Baptist Convention,” Floyd said in a video now posted on YouTube, “this role provides influence for the Lord and His Gospel message in all kinds of ways and in all kinds of places, nationally and globally.”

“The thought of parting from you has been gut-wrenching for Jeana and me. Words cannot describe it,” Floyd told his congregation. “The sense of loss is undeniable. But the sense of calling at this point is greater.”

Floyd’s election came on the same day as the release of the 20th anniversary edition of his book, “How To Pray,” copies of which he presented to EC members and staff. The limited edition new release has five new chapters and is more than 90 percent rewritten from its original 1999 edition.

Floyd, married to Jeana 42 years, is widely endorsed by Southern Baptist leaders including entity presidents, state convention executives, a diversity of pastors and others as well as the Woman’s Missionary Union.

“Impeccable integrity,” “visionary leader,” “prayer warrior” and “a role model in the pursuit of inclusiveness” are traits noted among endorsements offered in advance of the vote.

EC Chairman Mike Stone led the EC in concerted prayers for Floyd, his family, the EC and the EC staff in the midst of transition.

“When we gather again at our next meeting it will be under the strong and capable leadership of our newly elected president and CEO,” Stone said in calling the body to prayer.

Floyd is in his 33rd year as the pastor of Cross Church, which celebrates its sesquicentennial in 2020. Under Floyd’s leadership, the multisite congregation has planted 148 churches and baptized more than 22,000 people, according to a press kit distributed by the SBC Executive Committee in advance of today’s vote. Cross Church reached $1 million in annual giving to the SBC Cooperative Program in 2015 and has since exceeded that amount annually.

Floyd has been active in various arenas of Southern Baptist life and interdenominational ministry. He has served as president of the National Day of Prayer Task Force since 2017 and is a member of the board of directors of the Family Research Council in Washington.

Floyd has 43 years of pastoral experience dating back to First Baptist Church in Cherokee, Texas, in 1976 and subsequently including congregations in Milford, Palacios and Nederland, Texas. He began leading Cross Church in 1986 when the congregation was known as First Baptist Church of Springdale, Ark., and expanded the ministry to include campuses in Pinacle Hills, Rogers and Fayetteville as well as a campus in Neosho, Mo. Weekly Sunday attendance encompasses more than 9,000 people in 11 worship services across the various Cross Church campuses, according to the SBC Annual Church Profile.

Floyd is the author of more than 20 books and host and lead speaker of The Summit businesspersons’ luncheon of northwest Arkansas, equipping more than 400 business leaders each week.

He was president of the SBC from 2014–2016, chaired the SBC Great Commission Task Force from 2009–2010, and chaired the SBC EC from 1995–1997.

SBC entity leaders endorsed Floyd in advance of today’s vote, including the following comments:

— Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary President Danny L. Akin: “Ronnie Floyd is one of the most gifted and effective leaders I know. … He is tireless, focused, wise, and visionary. He also is a man of impeccable integrity. I believe he is the right man to lead the Executive Committee of the Southern Baptist Convention in these challenging days that face our Convention.”

— Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary President Jason K. Allen: “The best way to determine how a person will lead in the future is to review how they have led in the past. As SBC president, Dr. Floyd pursued denominational unity by reaching out across generational, theological, and ethnic lines; he pursued denominational renewal by focusing on spiritual awakening, personal evangelism, and fulfilling the Great Commission; and he pursued denominational expansion by championing the Cooperative Program. I’m confident Dr. Floyd will do the same in this new leadership post, and I’m more hopeful for the SBC’s future with him at the helm of the Executive Committee.”

— International Mission Board President Paul Chitwood: “Ronnie Floyd, twice elected SBC president, believes in and supports the work of Southern Baptists. He has led his church to become the top Cooperative Program giving church in the Arkansas Baptist State Convention and one of the top CP and Lottie Moon Christmas Offering churches in the SBC. Dr. Floyd is a visionary Great Commission leader and passionate prayer warrior who loves the local church, works to build unity in our Convention, and models and promotes racial reconciliation. God has answered our prayers for the search committee.”

— North American Mission Board President Kevin Ezell: “Ronnie Floyd is a visionary leader who is wholly devoted to advancing God’s Kingdom. His heart for prayer and spiritual awakening will help keep Southern Baptists focused on reaching our world for Christ. I believe Ronnie is just what we need as we walk through times that are challenging yet filled with opportunity.”

— Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary President Adam W. Greenway: “Dr. Ronnie Floyd is a visionary leader with an extensive track record of denominational involvement and Great Commission passion. I am personally excited that this two-time Southwestern Seminary alumnus has been nominated to become the seventh president of the Executive Committee of the Southern Baptist Convention. I pray that God will use this friend to me and all Southern Baptists to help forge greater unity and cooperation in our task of connecting all people to Jesus Christ.”

— GuideStone Financial Resources President O.S. Hawkins: “We are thrilled to hear that Ronnie Floyd is unanimously being recommended for election to the Executive Committee. We have known Ronnie and Jeana for decades and cannot think of one without the other. Southern Baptists are blessed to have this God-honoring, vision-casting, servant-hearted couple leading our SBC into a new day of unparalleled potential and cooperation.”

— Gateway Seminary President Jeff Iorg: “Dr. Ronnie Floyd is a passionate visionary leader who believes in the mission of the Southern Baptist Convention. He has a track record of denominational engagement among Southern Baptists and effective leadership in the larger evangelical community. His authentic spirituality, coupled with his demonstrated commitment to inclusive leadership, makes him an ideal president for the Executive Committee. I look forward to working with him in this new role.”

— New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary Chancellor Chuck Kelley: “Vision, skill, passion, and a relentless focus on the Great Commission. Dr. Ronnie Floyd is all this and so much more. As Southern Baptists face many challenges, including the greatest evangelistic crisis in their history, they will be well served with an outstanding leader at the helm of the Executive Committee.”

— Southern Baptist Theological Seminary President R. Albert Mohler Jr.: “Ronnie Floyd is one of the most dynamic leaders in the Southern Baptist Convention. There is no pastor in the SBC today who has more experience in denominational life and leadership. He is deeply committed to the SBC and is passionate to see Southern Baptists reach a lost world for Christ. His commitment to the Cooperative Program is clear and he leads by example. I look forward to working with Ronnie Floyd as he assumes this new position of great importance to our Convention and its work. I am thankful to God for him.”

— Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission President Russell Moore: “I wish to extend my congratulations to Ronnie and Jeana Floyd, and to the Executive Committee as they begin this new ministry. Ronnie Floyd has my prayers and my pledge to work together to advance the causes of our churches and the message of the Gospel. The potential of our Southern Baptist churches, united in common cause and mission, is great indeed. I believe the very best days of the Southern Baptist Convention are yet to be seen, and I look forward to years of partnership toward that goal.”

— LifeWay Christian Resources Acting President Brad Waggoner: “Ronnie Floyd has been a faithful partner of LifeWay Christian Resources throughout his ministry. We are grateful that God has chosen him to lead the Executive Committee of the Southern Baptist Convention for such a time as this. A strong supporter of the Cooperative Program with a proven track record of effective leadership in the local church, Ronnie Floyd is uniquely gifted to unify and lead our Convention of churches in this crucial time.”

Sandy Wisdom-Martin, executive director-treasurer of the Woman’s Missionary Union auxiliary of the SBC, also welcomed Floyd’s nomination in comments preceding the vote. “We are at a critical hinge in history. We need people who will lead us on an unshakable pursuit of God and His mission,” Wisdom-Martin said. “We will pray for Dr. Floyd as he transitions to this new Kingdom post and look forward to working with him.”

In a series of Zoom conferences and conference calls since his election, Floyd will dialogue with Southern Baptists leaders encompassing bivocational and small-church pastors; the Great Commission Council, composed of SBC entity leaders, WMU executive director and EC president; the Large Church Roundtable; the Mega-Metro pastors fellowship; the EC’s Convention Advancement Advisory Council; ethnic fellowship leaders; state convention executives and state convention presidents; and young leaders. More than 400 individuals have been invited to participate, according to Roger S. “Sing” Oldham, EC vice president for convention communications and relations.

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Ronnie Floyd named as EC president nominee http://baptistmessage.com/ronnie-floyd-named-as-ec-president-nominee/ Mon, 01 Apr 2019 13:13:05 +0000 http://baptistmessage.com/?p=41897 By David Roach, Baptist Press NASHVILLE (BP) – Arkansas pastor and former Southern Baptist Convention president Ronnie Floyd will be recommended for the presidency of the SBC Executive Committee, the EC’s presidential search committee announced today (March 31). The full EC will consider Floyd’s nomination Tuesday, April 2, at a special called meeting in Dallas […]

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By David Roach, Baptist Press

NASHVILLE (BP) – Arkansas pastor and former Southern Baptist Convention president Ronnie Floyd will be recommended for the presidency of the SBC Executive Committee, the EC’s presidential search committee announced today (March 31).

The full EC will consider Floyd’s nomination Tuesday, April 2, at a special called meeting in Dallas to begin at 11 a.m. Central at the Grand Hyatt at the Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport. A press conference and then a Facebook Live session at facebook.com/baptistpress will follow the EC meeting, which may end by approximately 3 p.m.

“Ronnie Floyd is a trusted voice of experienced leadership,” said Executive Committee chairman Mike Stone, an ex officio member of the search committee. “A lifetime of service in the local church and in virtually every layer of SBC life has uniquely prepared him for this critical hour. Dr. Floyd will be ready on day one to lead all Southern Baptists as president of the Executive Committee.” Search committee chairman Steve Swofford’s letter via email to EC members this morning (March 31) relaying Floyd’s nomination follows this story.

Senior pastor of Cross Church in northwest Arkansas, Floyd’s SBC service has included two years as convention president, two years as EC chairman and a term as SBC Pastors’ Conference president.

During his 33 years at Cross Church, the congregation has baptized more than 22,000 people, according to a press kit distributed by the EC. Cross Church has planted 148 other churches in North America and across the globe under Floyd’s leadership, including congregations in 26 of the North American Mission Board’s 32 Send Cities. By May 1, 2020, Cross Church plans to have planted at least one church in all 32 Send Cities.

Cross Church has given nearly $11.5 million through the Cooperative Program during Floyd’s pastoral tenure, according to data from the SBC’s Annual Church Profile. CP is Southern Baptists’ unified method of funding missions and ministries in North America and throughout the world.

In 2017, Floyd was appointed president of the National Day of Prayer Task Force, a role in which he has overseen the annual National Day of Prayer emphasis in May.

SBC President J.D. Greear, issuing an endorsement of the nominee, said, “Ronnie Floyd’s passion for prayer and spiritual awakening, combined with his strong support for our cooperative mission, his tireless energy, and his demonstrated commitment to raising up the next generation make him a unique gift to the SBC at this hour of transition.”

As SBC president from 2014-2016, hallmarks of Floyd’s leadership were emphases on prayer, spiritual awakening and racial reconciliation. At each of the two SBC annual meetings at which Floyd presided, an entire evening session was devoted to prayer for spiritual awakening in America.

Floyd’s friendship with Jerry Young, president of the predominantly black National Baptist Convention U.S.A., Inc., eventuated in a November 2015 meeting where 10 Southern Baptist pastors and 10 National Baptist pastors discussed concrete ways to achieve racial reconciliation and foster national healing. Floyd presided over the SBC when messengers adopted a 2016 resolution renouncing display of the Confederate battle flag.

Floyd, 63, served in SBC leadership roles during at least two previous notable junctures in the convention’s history.

He was EC chairman from 1995-1997, when the SBC adopted the Covenant for a New Century restructuring plan that reduced the number of convention entities from 19 to 12.

Fifteen years later, he chaired the SBC’s Great Commission Task Force, which presented a series of recommendations affirmed by messengers in 2010 and aimed at increasing the convention’s evangelistic effectiveness. The GCTF recommendations led to EC recommendations, approved by messengers in 2011, that established Great Commission Giving, revised the North American Mission Board and International Mission Board ministry assignments and reduced the EC’s portion of CP funds from 3.40 percent to 2.99 percent. Great Commission Giving is a category encompassing CP as well as direct gifts to SBC entities, Baptist associations and state convention ministries.

As pastor of Cross Church since 1986, Floyd has led the congregation to give $1 million or more through CP annually since 2015, according to ACP data. “Only a few Southern Baptist churches in history” have given that amount, BP reported in 2015. The church’s average worship attendance increased from 1,800 in 1986 (when it was known as First Baptist Church of Springdale, Ark.) to more than 9,200 last year across several campuses.

Floyd serves on an informal evangelical advisory council for President Trump. Last year, Floyd said serving on the advisory council is not an endorsement of the president or his policies. Floyd also said he has had opportunity to express the Gospel to Trump.

He served as general editor of LifeWay Christian Resources’ Bible Studies for Life curriculum from 2013-2017 and has authored more than 20 books, including “How to Pray,” now in a 20th anniversary edition. He is online at ronniefloyd.com.

Floyd holds both master of divinity and doctor of ministry degrees from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas, and an undergraduate degree from Howard Payne University in Brownwood, Texas.

He and his wife Jeana of 42 years have two sons and seven grandchildren.

If elected, Floyd would be the EC’s seventh chief executive.

Among statements from members of the seven-person EC presidential search committee:

— Swofford, pastor of First Baptist Church in Rockwall, Texas, said, “I cannot express how happy we are that Dr. Ronnie Floyd is being presented as our next President/CEO of the Executive Committee! Every single thing that we felt was needed in the person who was to fill this all important role in Southern Baptist life is exemplified in Dr. Floyd. We believe that God has uniquely prepared him through his life, ministry and experience for this hour. We unanimously and excitedly present him to you!”

— Search committee vice chairman Adron Robinson, pastor of Hillcrest Baptist Church in Country Club Hills, Ill., said, “Dr. Ronnie Floyd is a proven leader with a vision to lead the Executive Committee in these turbulent times. He has the skillset to bring together the diverse leadership of our Convention to build a stronger SBC.”

— Joe Knott, an attorney in Raleigh, N.C., said, “I join my fellow committee members in enthusiastically recommending Ronnie Floyd to serve as president of the Executive Committee. He loves the SBC. His church is number three (3) of forty-seven thousand churches in CP giving. He has been chairman of the Executive Committee, president of the Convention, and is a mature man in his fifth decade of service. He is not uprooting and coming to the EC in order to go somewhere else. In my opinion, he is highly qualified and looks like the man God has uniquely prepared for this job.”

— Stephen Rummage, pastor of Quail Springs Baptist Church in Oklahoma City, said, “The better I have come to know Dr. Ronnie Floyd, the more I am impressed by his passion for reaching people with the Gospel and his vision for how Southern Baptists can work together strategically. God has gifted Dr. Floyd with exceptional ability as a leader, and he has served the Lord with distinction in every endeavor to which God has called him. I am convinced all Southern Baptists will benefit from the forward-thinking and trustworthy leadership Ronnie Floyd will provide as the next president of the SBC Executive Committee.”

— Rolland Slade, pastor of Meridian Baptist Church in El Cajon, Calif., said, “At this time in our Convention, we are at a crossroads — looking at our immediate need for leadership, yet envisioning a future in which our leadership is more diverse. There are few men who have the love for our Convention, wealth of knowledge, experience, and connections within and outside the Southern Baptist Convention as Ronnie Floyd. He is a rare leader who can offer the Executive Committee and the Southern Baptist Convention stability now and lead us into our envisioned future. I look forward to working with him as we move forward.”

— Carol Yarber, a retired medical administrator from Brownsboro, Texas, said, “My decision was based on prayer as well as Dr. Floyd’s proven leadership capabilities both in the SBC and beyond. He is anchored to the inerrancy of Scripture, commitment to prayer, and fasting. His character, integrity, and moral standings have been his way of life. He has the voice the SBC needs for today and our future.”

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<i>Below is the text of a letter emailed to Executive Committee members this morning (March 31) by search committee chairman Steve Swofford naming Arkansas pastor and former SBC president Ronnie Floyd as the nominee for Executive Committee president, to be considered during a special called meeting Tuesday, April 2, in Dallas.</i>

Dear Members of the Executive Committee,

Your Presidential Search Committee is pleased to announce that Dr. Ronnie W. Floyd, pastor of Cross Church in northwest Arkansas since 1986, is our candidate for your consideration as the next president and chief executive officer of the SBC Executive Committee at the called Executive Committee meeting in Dallas, Texas, this Tuesday, April 2, 2019.

Ronnie is no stranger to any of us. He recently served two terms as our SBC president and is the current president of the National Day of Prayer Task Force. He has been a leader in racial reconciliation and has a stellar record of bringing together brothers and sisters from all generations, all races, and all walks of life to work in harmony for Kingdom purposes. We firmly believe he is the man God has uniquely prepared and gifted to lead our Executive Committee at this challenging time in our nation’s and our denomination’s history.

As you will see from his curriculum vitae in the Press Kit posted on the Executive Committee website (see here), our nominee has a breadth of local church leadership skills, Southern Baptist Convention leadership experiences, and leadership roles with numerous Kingdom initiatives that have prepared him for such a time as this. Our committee is uniformly and unanimously convinced he is the right man for the job.

In our many conversations with him, Dr. Floyd has communicated a clear and compelling vision about mobilizing and assisting the churches of the Convention in expanding the reach of the Gospel across our nation and around the world.

He is a personal soul-winner; and he equips others to launch out into the deep waters of lostness to become fishers of men.

He has a deep, personal prayer life; and he calls others to a passionate pursuit of prayer and holiness.

He has a proven track record of organizational and administrative effectiveness that we believe will serve us well as he seeks to lead our Executive Committee and our Convention in fulfilling the Great Commission.

Your search committee asks you to be in fervent prayer as we gather in Dallas to consider Dr. Ronnie Floyd as the next president and CEO of our Executive Committee. We pray the Lord will guide all of our hearts as we make this important Kingdom decision.

Sincerely,

Steve Swofford, Chairman of the Presidential Search Committee

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