Orlando is coming into view. With just days until Southern Baptists gather in Orlando, the Great Commission Resurgence Task Force is eager to present our report to the Southern Baptist Convention Annual Meeting.
[img_assist|nid=6403|title=Ronnie W. Floyd Chairman SBC s GCR Task Force|desc=|link=none|align=left|width=100|height=100]We have been encouraged along the way by the prayers, interest, and support invested by thousands of faithful and visionary Southern Baptists.
We were given an incredible charge by the Convention as it met last year in Louisville. The overwhelming vote to establish the Task Force sent a clear signal that Southern Baptists desire greater faithfulness to the Great Commission.
Every word of our report is written with that singular goal in mind.
The Task Force was not assigned the task of reviewing the entire work of the Convention and all of its entities. Instead, we concentrated on the areas of work where we felt the most significant and direct Great Commission gains could be found.
Along the way, we were greatly assisted by countless Southern Baptist leaders, pastors, and laypersons. We have been enriched by the opportunity to meet with Southern Baptists on the front lines of ministry and missions, especially those involved in church planting and international missions.
We are thankful for the thousands of Southern Baptists who have been involved in discussing our work and our report. We have learned from all.
Now, as we head toward Orlando, we ask Southern Baptists to enter into a serious time of prayer. Let us pray that messengers to our Convention will be guided by the Holy Spirit, united with a common commitment to Christ, and energized by excitement for the Great Commission.
May the nations of the world be on our hearts, and may the commitment of future generations be on our minds as we meet in Orlando.
The Great Commission Resurgence Task Force believes that our seven recommendations form a unified vision that will chart our future together.
Therefore, it is our desire to see the recommendations discussed and acted upon together, not separately. However, this will ultimately be determined by the messengers of the convention. We will wholeheartedly support their decision.
We expect an energetic discussion of our report on the floor of the Southern Baptist Convention, but we also hope for a bold embrace of our report.
Our greatest hope is to see Southern Baptists leave Orlando with a bolder commitment, a greater excitement, and a clearer vision for Great Commission faithfulness.
May God guide us all as we head for Orlando and the important work of the 2010 Southern Baptist Convention Annual Meeting.