In our relationships with SBC and State Convention entities, Associational Leaders hear a lot about partnerships – how associations are partners in ministry with them. We are partners, and we want to be good partners, but sometimes it seems like a one-way street.
This week is the week before the annual meeting of the Southern Baptist Convention in St. Louis, MO. I hope you will pray for this important meeting of the largest Protestant denomination in America June 14-15. I plan to be there (as well as the Southern Baptist Conference of Associational Leaders (SBCAL) prior to the Convention).
As we pray for and think about denominations, associations, and the SBC, in particular, below are some perceptive observations from various sources.
I hope they will be helpful to you and to those you serve.
To the praise of His glory,
Quotable Quote: “I pray that God would enable the thousands of smaller SBC churches - mine included - to see the individual and collective potential that rests in God moving through our congregation to reach the world for his glory.” Travis Smalley: So-Called "Smaller" Churches and the Future of the SBC
Like many Southern Baptists, I have been praying for months for the International Mission Board (IMB) of the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) Search Team as they have sought to find God’s man to be the next President. I had heard that Dr. David Platt was a prime candidate for the position, but I have been a Baptist long enough to know that though he may have been the frontrunner, you never know what will happen in Baptist life.
I appreciate the opportunity the Southside Baptist Network gave me to attend the 2014 Annual Meeting of the SBC in Baltimore, MD last week. It was a very good convention by all accounts. I was personally inspired and equipped to do my responsibilities better, and I left encouraged about the future of the SBC.
I’m Ray Gentry, the husband of Debra & father of April & Allison. I serve over 80 congregations on the southside of Atlanta as Associational Mission Strategist of the Southside Baptist Network. I am also the Executive Director of the Southern Baptist Conference of Associational Leaders (SBCAL). I’ve served Southern Baptist churches & associations in various roles for over 34 years.