A group of Southern Baptists has announced an intention Jan. 14 to nominate Randy Adams, executive director of the Northwest Baptist Convention (NWBC), as president of the Southern Baptist Convention.
Adams’ intended nomination will be brought to messengers at the SBC annual meeting June 9-10 in Orlando, Fla.
Adams said that if elected, he would aim to focus on the SBC’s Great Commission efforts, rebuilding trust among the Convention’s churches, entities and other organizations, reported the Northwest Baptist Witness.
In an announcement on Adams’ personal website, he said he believes the SBC needs a directional shift.
“I am allowing my name to be entered into nomination for the presidency of the SBC because I believe that we need a clear change in direction in order to fulfill our God-given mission and reverse our present course of decline in every key measurement of Great Commission advance,” Adams said in the announcement.
“While Southern Baptists retain considerable ability to impact the world for Christ, we are currently experiencing our greatest challenge. After waging a decades-long battle for the Bible, we are in danger of losing the war we were founded to fight, that of advancing the Great Commission by making disciples and rescuing the captives of the evil one.
“If we do not honestly confront issues others will do so, including those who do not love the SBC like we do. Christians must be able to engage in honest discourse, speaking the truth in love.”
Adams said in his announcement that although he believes the SBC is in the midst of great challenge, it is also a time of immense opportunity — a chance to recommit to the purpose of advancing the Great Commission.
The only other nominee for the SBC presidency thus far is R. Albert Mohler Jr., president of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Ky., who will be nominated by H.B. Charles, pastor of Shiloh Metropolitan Baptist Church in Jacksonville, Fla.
Blake Gideon, pastor of First Baptist Church in Edmond, Okla., and president of the Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma, is the intended nominator of Adams at the SBC annual meeting.
Gideon cited Adams’ goals for the SBC as reason for his nomination.
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Source: Baptist Press