By Message Staff
BOSSIER CITY – With a decrease in baptisms across the Southern Baptist Convention and the reality that the International Mission Board is cutting back its missionary force, SBC President Ronnie Floyd believes he knows what the No. 1 need is for Louisiana.
“We need the power of God upon our churches and upon our ministries,” said Floyd, pastor of Cross Church in northwest Arkansas. “We have too many pastors and churches that are contented to go forward, doing ministry without the power of God.”
Speaking to messengers during the final session of the Louisiana Baptist Convention Annual Meeting at First Baptist Church in Bossier City on Nov. 10, Floyd said he is convinced Southern Baptists are drifting away and moving away from the mission of God.
“When we move away from the mission of god, you also move away from the power of God,” he said. “And when you move away from the power of God, you don’t have a heart to move toward the mission of God.”
Floyd’s urgent words closed the final day of the LBC Annual Meeting, which featured a Bible study, reports from state entities, a message by Kirk Jones of Fellowship Church in Prairieville, election of next year’s officers and high-energy music.
A complete recap of the LBC Annual Meeting can be found later at baptistmessage.com and in next week’s print edition of the Baptist Message.