Sullivan says ‘no question’ GCR report will affect Florida Baptists
FBC exec in ‘basic agreement,’ supports recommendations
May 11, 2010

JACKSONVILLE (FBW)—A few days after the Great Commission Resurgence Task Force released its final report, John Sullivan, executive director-treasurer of the Florida Baptist Convention, for the first time answered questions about GCR in a wide-ranging interview with Florida Baptist Witness.

In the May 6 interview, Sullivan offered evaluations of the 27-page final report, noting there is “no question” the recommendations, if enacted, will affect the way Florida Baptists do ministry. The Cooperative Program, he hopes, also could receive a boost as a result of a new awareness given the broad discussion of the Great Commission Resurgence, CP, and a proposed new category describing “Great Commission Giving.”

Sullivan called the May 6 report  “substantial,” and said he is in “basic agreement” with it and “can support all seven of the recommendations.”

Referring to Florida Baptists’ representation on the GCRTF of five “trusted men and trusted leaders,” Sullivan said he “didn’t have any trouble with the concept.”

Sullivan said he has written to Ronnie Floyd, chairman of the GCRTF, to express appreciation for Floyd’s “openness” to listening to Southern Baptists, including the executive directors of state conventions.

“I feel like I’ve been treated fairly,” Sullivan said.

Following the release of a “progress report” of the GCRTF at the SBC’s Executive Committee in February, Sullivan and other state executives were invited April 5 to meet with members of the task force.

Sullivan said any comment prior to release of the final report would have been premature on his part, noting he believes the final report “is a so much better report than the preliminary report.”

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