Latest Articles by GARY L. JOHNSON
Oct 17, 2013
Cooperation is a good Baptist word. The word means we partner together, even though all Baptist entities are autonomous. There is no chain of command in the Southern Baptist Convention. My job is called a Director of Missions. That is another good Baptist term, but nobody seems to understand what it means. I oversee Baptist churches and ministries, but I have no authority over those groups. Church leaders and pastors may call me for help, but I cannot force them to make any kind of decision. So, we cooperate together. We contribute to the Cooperative Program, and hopefully to the Association as well. Cooperation is a key word in Baptist life.