GCRTF report overwhelmingly passes after 90-minute debate
Jun 23, 2010
By JERRY PIERCE & JONI B. HANNIGAN

• consider new language honoring the Cooperative Program missions funding plan and designated giving to SBC causes be lauded under the title “Great Commission Giving”;

• consider revising NAMB’s ministry assignment in light of the task force’s focus on more effectively reaching unreached peoples and regions in North America;

• in conjunction with the International Mission Board, consider a revised ministry assignment, freeing the IMB help reach unreached and underserved people groups irrespective of geographic boundaries, including within North America;

• consider working with states in a comprehensive CP promotion and stewardship education plan “in alignment with the report”;

• consider recommending a CP allocation budget shifting 1 percent from its work to the IMB, increasing the international board’s CP percentage to 51 percent of the SBC budget.

PASSIONATE James Merritt, a past president of the Southern Baptist Convention, speaks in favor of the GCRTF report. Photo by Alex Towers

The recommendations correspond with seven components, each outlined in the GCR Task Force’s report.

At one point in the debate, James Goforth Sr., a messenger from Campground Baptist Church in Alto, Texas, prompted a motion to end discussion, pray and vote on the motion at hand, leading SBC President Johnny Hunt to lead in prayer in the middle of the debate.

Hunt’s prayer noted the divergent views among the messenger body and acknowledged the well known opposition to the recommendations by retiring EC President Morris Chapman, who spoke passionately against the GCR report earlier in the day, thanking God that he and Chapman were able to speak their convictions freely.

“Lord,” Hunt prayed, “we just ask that Your sovereign will be done, not our will, Father, but Your will be done.”

 

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