This is the second part of our interview with Dr. Danny Akin concerning the Conservative Resurgence, the Great Commission Resurgence, and the Future of the SBC. You can find the details of the Baptist21 Panel at the Southern Baptist Convention in New Orleans by clicking here or you can register for this event here.
Recently, we announced we would once again host a panel discussion at the 2012 Southern Baptist Convention in New Orleans, Louisiana. This panel will take place on Tuesday, June 19th during the lunch break of the annual meeting at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center. You can find the details of this event by clicking here or you can register for this event here.
One of the panelists is Dr. Danny Akin. His influence and involvement in our convention is far reaching. Benjamin Quinn, was able to sit down and talk with Dr. Akin about the Conservative Resurgence, the Great Commission Resurgence, and the Future of the SBC. We will release this interview in different parts over the next few days. We are grateful for Dr. Akin and his involvement in this event.
Once again, you can register here.
I love my family. I grew up with great parents, the best brother, and some wonderful aunts and uncles. I also had some family members that were a little crazy. I had this one uncle named Al. He was the biggest Tennessee Vols fan I knew. Al was one of those guys who had a big bushy beard and was always really loud. It was guaranteed that when I saw him he would have a beer in his hand and an orange Tennessee trucker hat on his head. Al was just a little on the crazy side! He was probably my favorite uncle as a kid growing up.
As a boy, I looked forward to spending time with Al because he was always fun. He would always take time to love on my brother and I. He would always go above and beyond to take care of us. We knew Al loved our family very much, and we loved him, even though he was a little crazy.
I have been blessed to grow up as a member of a Southern Baptist Church. I remember sleeping on the pews as a four year old and my mom whacking me on the behind to wake up. I remember hearing the gospel faithfully preached at Galilee Baptist Church each week. I recall so clearly having a conversation with my parents and then my pastor about Jesus when I was twelve years old. I remember sitting on my pastors black, leather couch in his wood paneled office praying to trust in and receive Jesus Christ. I recall being baptized into this church, in south Knoxville and then growing up in a student ministry that discipled its students.
I’m confident that Galilee Baptist Church was in my community so that I could hear the gospel and have the opportunity to turn from sin and trust in Jesus Christ alone for my salvation. This is why I love the Southern Baptist Convention. We have stood to advance the gospel throughout the world since our origin in 1845. This is the family I am apart of. Our history is saturated with men and women who have made drastic sacrifices for the gospel. Two of these that I grew up hearing about as a young child and we as Southern Baptists champion are Lottie Moon and Annie Armstrong.
I know not everything in our history has been perfect. We have had bad moments, rough times, and yes, even some crazy family members along the way. By God’s grace we came out of these moments and survived. We have also had incredible moments. Southern Baptists have stood and fought to keep the Word of God central to our convention. Even today Southern Baptists are standing to make sure the Great Commission is at the heart of everything we do as a convention of churches. I am proud of the decision to add a tagline onto our name declaring who we are as Great Commission Baptists.
I believe our best days as Southern Baptists are ahead. I want to champion the work of all of our entities, but I also know that I have a responsibility as a member of this convention to (1) be committed to Jesus Christ and my local church, (2) share the gospel of Jesus Christ with those who are lost, and (3) pray for my church and our convention consistently. I believe our convention is at the brink of something incredible that only God can do. We must unite together in prayer for God to bless us and use us for his glory in this generation and the next generation, just as he has in generations past.
Our family is big. We have some crazy uncles, but I know at the heart of that uncle is a love for our family. We love the SBC. As great as this convention is, we must always protect our heart against loving it more, than we love Jesus, because we know that the family of God exists for the glory of God. We exist only because God has allowed our convention to exist. Holding the gospel and the Great Commission high must be our goal.
So lets pray together, that God would continue to bless us, expand our witness, and make us a fruitful, profitable convention of churches for generations to come. May we continue to plant churches like Galilee Baptist Church so that lost little kids, like I once was, can have the opportunity to hear the gospel, turn from sin, trust in the one and only Son of God for salvation, and gain a new family. May our tribe increase for the glory of God!
Recently, Baptist21 contributor Ronnie Parrott had the opportunity to sit down with Dr. Ronnie Floyd and talk about the GCR a year later, his new book Our Last Great Hope: Awakening The Great Commission, and Cooperative Program giving. You will find it all in this video interview.
At the bottom of this page you will find the endorsements for Dr. Floyd’s book from many pastors and influencers across the world. You can pre-order Our Last Great Hope by visiting following this link to Amazon.com.
“One of the greatest discrepancies of our time is between the limitless, God-given resources at the Church’s disposal and the limited impact it is making on the world. Ronnie Floyd shows that it doesn’t have to be this way any longer. We don’t have to be a generation of wasted potential. We can turn the world the world upside down with the gospel. Our Last Great Hope shows us how.”
Steven Furtick - Lead Pastor, Elevation Church & Author, Sun Stand Still
“In Our Last Great Hope, Ronnie calls us to get honest with ourselves about how we are working to help those in desperate need for a Savior. He challenges us to engage the next generation to do the work that Jesus himself called us to do. A must read.”
Greg Surratt - Lead Pastor, Seacoast Church & Author, IR-REV-REND
“Ronnie Floyd’s book could revolutionize the way we think about the body of Christ and its purpose. Read it and be inspired, changed, and equipped for our most important mission while on this Earth.”
Dr. Bruce Wilkinson - Best Selling Author, The Prayer of Jabez
“Ronnie’s book brings us back to center, crystallizes the pure message of Jesus Christ, and equips the church with how to begin doing these things today. Never before has the church so desperately needed the wisdom and direction offered in these pages. I’ll be pulling this book off my shelf again and again!”
Pete Wilson - Author, Plan B and Empty Promises
“Ronnie Floyd approaches missions-centered living with heart, passion, and inspired strategy. This book is an energizing wake-up call to today’s churches, equipping and inspiring us to pursue unreached millions around the world with the saving love of Christ.”
Dr. Ed Stetzer - Director, LifeWay Research
“My friend and co-laborer for the gospel, Ronnie Floyd, calls true believers and the church to return to the clear proclamation of the One who is our last great hope, Jesus Christ. His call is passionate—do it now. His message is purposeful—go make disciples. His book is practical—read it and learn. I commend it to you.”
Dr. James MacDonald - Senior Pastor, Harvest Bible Chapel
“Ronnie Floyd calls us to an urgent personalization of the Great Commission. Our Last Great Hope outlines a strategy and provides practical action points on how to penetrate the lostness of the nations. This book will fan the flames of awakening in your soul.”
Dr. Ted Traylor - Pastor, Olive Baptist Church, Pensacola, FL
“Revival presumes pre-existing life. But so many churches are populated by pretenders, assuming they have life when in fact they are spiritually dead. That’s why for many years now, I have been urging the true believers of America’s churches to pray for another great spiritual awakening. It is out of such awakenings that the course of nations has been radically altered, churches have experienced renewed surrender to the Lordship of Christ, and church members have been catapulted around the globe in answer to the missionary call. In this book, my friend Ronnie Floyd addresses the concept of awakening with his typical intensity and passion, leaving no question as to its necessity. I believe God will use this book to stir the Body of Christ to pray for what Floyd calls ‘our last great hope.’”
Dr. Tom Elliff - President of the International Mission Board
“Ronnie Floyd has done it again! Our Last Great Hope is one of the best, if not the best, training resource to help us move forward with Great Commission fulfillment in our lifetime. You will find the practical insights and powerful principles to be life changing and life saving. Get your copy today!”
Dr. Ben Lerner - Founder, Maximized Living & New York Times Best-selling Author, Orlando, Florida
“Giving our lives for His cause is His call in the Great Commission. Dr. Floyd passionately challenges and inspires us to embrace His heart for our neighbors and the nations. Read and assimilate this truth and go light your world.”
Dr. Johnny M. Hunt - Pastor, FBC Woodstock & Former President, Southern Baptist Convention
“There’s no denying that Ronnie Floyd’s life has been changed because of a renewed passion and all-or-nothing commitment to the Great Commission. Pick up this book and you can’t help but be pulled in by his excitement. Ronnie challenges us to ask, do we really love Christ passionately, and if we do, are we willing to do whatever it takes to follow through on His Great Commission challenge? Ronnie challenges us to see that if we are to seriously embrace that charge it will mean dramatic change in our personal lives, our families, our churches and our finances. This book asks a lot—nothing less than a sold-out heart and life. But it’s just what Christians and the church need if we are to share with the world Our Last Great Hope.”
Dr. Kevin Ezell - President, North American Mission Board
“Ronnie Floyd inspires me to trust our risen Lord to do extraordinary things through my most ordinary life and my most mediocre moments. The transparency found in Pastor Floyd’s words are both convicting and convincing. The time for change is now. Our Last Great Hope should be your first required read.”
Dr. Leonard Sweet – Best-selling author of Jesus Manifesto and the soon-to-be released I Am A Follower: The Way, Truth and Life of Following Jesus.
“Never has the hour been more urgent for people to respond to the Good News of Jesus Christ. I know no pastor with a greater burden for the lostness of our world than Ronnie Floyd. His book is a great challenge and inspiration for us all.”
Dr. Bryant Wright - Senior Pastor, Johnson Ferry Baptist Church, Marietta, GA & President, Southern Baptist Convention
“Frequently a long pastorate grows stale. Not so with Dr. Ronnie Floyd, who has led his church to do precisely what he writes about here, namely, to undertake the task of getting the gospel to the whole world in every conceivable way. This is not a book of theory. This is a book of about what has happened in Northwest Arkansas. Its message will encourage every pastor!”
Dr. Paige Patterson - Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, Fort Worth, Texas
“We have heard about, preached about, talked about and taught about the Great Commission . . . but how many of us are consumed by it and truly know the magnitude of what it entails? I know of no one with a passion for Christ, His Word and His church like Ronnie Floyd. He has beaten out every one of the principles in this book on the anvil of his own personal experience. Read it and you too will be convinced it is . . . Our Last Great Hope!”
Dr. O. S. Hawkins - President and Chief Executive Officer, & GuideStone Financial Resources of the Southern Baptist Convention
“Ronnie Floyd is giving the church a book on the Great Commission that pastors and church members can read and personalize. He also shares practical things a church, a family, and an individual can do daily and weekly that allow them to be a part of the Great Commission.”
Bob Roberts - Senior Pastor, NorthWood Church & Author, Real-Time Connections and Global Engager
“Our Last Great Hope is an inspiring, engaging, visionary, and informative work from the pastoral and missional heart of Ronnie Floyd. I pray that this book will be used of God to strengthen Christ-followers and church leaders for the lofty and demanding call that has been given to the churches in this global and challenging context of the twenty-first century.”
Dr. David S. Dockery - President, Union University
“We have an emergency due to a lack of urgency. With souls in the balance and millions who have yet to hear the gospel, Our Last Great Hope calls every believer to the forefront of fulfilling the Great Commission. Dr. Ronnie Floyd passionately calls upon every Christian to get to the front lines of sharing the message of Jesus to a lost and dying world.”
Dudley Rutherford - Pastor of Shepherd of the Hills Church, Porter Ranch, CA
“In Our Last Great Hope, pastor Ronnie Floyd challenges those who follow King Jesus to personally own the Great Commission, to come to a place where we find it inconceivable to leave the work to others. Every church should be a Great Commission church. Every Christian should be a Great Commission Christian. This book will help its readers see how.”
Dr. Daniel L. Akin - President, Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary
“The Christian’s Mount Everest is the fulfillment of the Great Commission. No previous generation has ever placed the cross of Christ on the roof of the world. Dr. Ronnie Floyd’s remarkable book, Our Last Great Hope, causes us to get real about the enormous size of this global mountain and creates Christ-centered hope of scaling it in our lifetime! Once you have read this profound resource, you will view your remaining moments and years as currency either spent on endless trash or invested into eternal treasure. Read it now and reap forever!”
Dr. James O. Davis - Cofounder, Billion Soul Network, Orlando, Florida
“Ronnie Floyd does not spin theories or weave conjectures; he challenges, convicts, and calls the church to a deeper commitment to reach the world for Jesus Christ. What Ronnie Floyd writes, he not only believes . . . he lives out.”
Dr. Mac Brunson - Senior Pastor, First Baptist Church, Jacksonville, FL
“Ronnie Floyd is a straight shooter with the ability to both encourage and challenge. That’s what you will find in these pages—the encouragement that the Lord is at work through us and the challenge that we need to say yes to everything He calls us to do. Read this book to sharpen your heart and move toward becoming the Great Commission believer Christ desires!”
Gregg Matte - Pastor, Houston’s First Baptist Church & Author, Finding God’s Will
“Our Last Great Hope is a sterling reminder that the Great Commission has not been rescinded. Ronnie Floyd has given the body of Christ a treatise on why we must put the “Go” back into the Gospel. As I read this book, I once again became keenly aware that evangelism is not an optional plan of the local church; it is an essential priority.”
Dr. Stan Toler - General Supt Church of the Nazarene, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma & Bestselling Author
“Pastors everywhere are looking for more time and energy to fulfill the will of God for their lives. Our Last Great Hope, written by Ronnie Floyd, helps us to peel away the nonessentials in our lives and to double our efforts to finish Christ’s goal for the earth. This remarkable resource is the ticket to a faith-filled journey of Christ-centered living for Great Commission fulfillment!”
Dr. Timothy Hill - First Assistant, Church of God, Cleveland, Tennessee
“I have devoted my whole life to networking in the body of Christ for the fulfillment of the Great Commission. Ronnie Floyd, in Our Last Great Hope, helps us to get on the same page, with straight-forward steps to becoming a part of something bigger than ourselves—namely the fulfillment of the Great Commission. This is a turnaround book, where ordinary people are equipped enough to turn their lives around before it is too late. Your life will be enriched forever!”
Dr. John Ed Mathison - President, John Ed Mathison Leadership Institute & Pastor Emeritus, Fraizer Memorial United Methodist, Montgomery, Alabama
“This is a marvelous read! My good friend Ronnie Floyd has touched God and through his words he touches us so that as we read we in turn can touch others.”
Dr. Elmer Towns - Co-founder, Liberty University, Lynchburg, Virginia
“I am thrilled to recommend Our Last Great Hope to pastors and their local churches, along with Christian leaders worldwide. This single powerful resource will teach you how to bring eternity home to your family and your church. You will find your heart renewed and revived for the things that matter most and less interested in the non-essentials of the Christ-centered life. Read it today!”
Rev. Casey Treat - Christian Faith Center, Seattle, Washington
“Our Last Great Hope is more than a book; it is the personal guide to helping to fulfill the Great Commission and being prepared to give account of our lives before the Lord in eternity. When you have read the words of Ronnie Floyd, you will find you have more time to do what really matters in this life and less time to waste for the temporary things that are passing. This volume reminds us that the Great Commission is not an option to be chosen or ignored by the believer but is a Divine commandment that affects eternity. Read it and reap from it!”
Dr. Douglas LeRoy - General Director, Church of God World Missions, Cleveland, Tennessee
“Every Christian needs a Christ-centered compass, and every Church needs to equipped to reach its maximum potential. Our Last Great Hope by Ronnie Floyd will compel you to higher levels of personal spiritual development, while at the same time outlining a biblically based path to truly helping the entire world to know the Gospel before it is eternally too late.”
Rev. Paul Louis Cole - President, Christian Men’s Network Worldwide, Fort Worth, Texas
“I believe both young and seasoned Christians should make Our Last Great Hope an annual read, just to stay with the Kingdom-minded agenda of doing all we can to fulfill the Great Commission as fast as possible. Ronnie Floyd writes from his personal experiences and demonstrates the changes necessary to stay on course. Be sure to get a copy for yourself and for your friends!”
Dr. Prince Guneratnam - General Superintendent-Emeritus, Assemblies of God of Malaysia & Senior Pastor, Calvary Church, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
“Finally there is a powerful life-giving book to equip Christians from all walks of life. Our Last Great Hope, written by Ronnie Floyd, is destined to become one of the greatest books for pastors in particular and Christians everywhere. If you lost a sense of divine destiny or truly want to invest the rest of your life, this powerful resource will impact you now, tomorrow, and forever.”
Dr. Ademola Ishola - General Secretary, Nigerian Baptist Convention, Lagos, Nigeria
“God is raising pastors and planters worldwide. Our Last Great Hope is a priceless resource that pastors and their respective churches must have throughout the earth. I am thrilled there is a cutting-edge resource that communicates to all ages of society through both biblical and practical means for physical and spiritual victory. Ronnie Floyd is to be commended for bringing this Kingdom-minded book to the Body of Christ worldwide.”
Rev. Suliasi Kurulo - Founding Pastor, World Harvest Centre, Suva, Fiji
“Ronnie Floyd will expand your personal and professional vision in Our Last Great Hope. He champions a global mandate to work together to finish the Great Commission in our lifetime. If you wish to move the insignificant to the magnificent, then read Our Last Great Hope today!”
Rev. Eddy Leo - Founder, Abba Love Ministries, Jakarta, Indonesia
“Ronnie Floyd has brought to the global Church Our Last Great Hope in time when we need to be reminded that our role is to fulfill Christ’s goal. This eternal goal is wrapped up in Great Commission. Pastor Floyd carefully unpacks his personal journey and shows us how we can truly help to make it harder for a person to live on this planet and not hear the glorious Gospel of Christ. This valuable resource is destined to raise the leadership level in the Church worldwide.”
Dr. David Mohan - General Superintendent, Assemblies of God, Madras, India
“Ronnie Floyd will stretch your thinking like never before in Our Last Great Hope. I cannot stress the importance enough of you reading and applying the godly teachings found within its pages. You will be motivated, for the rest of your life, to keep the main thing the main thing until everyone has heard the eternal gospel of Christ.”
Rev. Leon Fontaine - Founding Pastor, Springs Church, Winnipeg, Canada
“I determined years ago that I would do my best to train everyone possible in Great Commission principles for the multiplication of the global Church. In Our Last Great Hope, Ronnie Floyd challenges to move from competing with each other to completing together the Great Commission as soon as possible. It could become one of the quintessential books for this generation!”
Dr. David Sobrepena - Founding Pastor, Word of Hope, Manila, Philippines
“Our Last Great Hope will make you dissatisfied with living the rest of your life without taking the gospel to unreached people groups throughout the world. Our goal is to plant more than 200,000 more churches in East Africa in our lifetime, and I believe Our Last Great Hope will inspire and instruct our leaders to do so!”
Dr. Alex Mitala - New Birth Fellowship, Kampala, Uganda
“Very few leaders have the visionary ability to communicate in such terms to stretch us in new frontiers of personal leadership development. Ronnie Floyd, in Our Last Great Hope moves from the reached to the unreached regions of the globe. He sets the visionary standard for every local church and shows the path to truly helping to fulfill the Great Commission in every world region.”
Dr. Gustavo Crocker - Church of the Nazarene Eurasia Director, Switzerland
“Ronnie Floyd gets it. He’s captured the need and the opportunity before us. Taking the gospel to the world is not optional. It’s not an item in a buffet line that you can pass up. It’s part of God’s menu for His followers. As you feed your soul on these pages, you’ll find a balanced blend of Scripture, personal stories, and historical accounts. This book made me hungry to do more to reach my community and the world.”
Dr. Michael Catt - Senior Pastor, Sherwood Baptist Church, Albany, Georgia & Executive Producer, Sherwood Pictures
“Heaven is for real, and with that thought, Ronnie Floyd calls every Christian to reach the lost in Our Last Great Hope. The Great Commission was not just a suggestion, but a command to every Christian to share the news of Jesus Christ.”
Dr. Fred Luter - Senior Pastor, Franklin Avenue Baptist Church, New Orleans, LA
On June 15th, 2010, the messengers of the Southern Baptist Convention voted to pass the recommendations put forth by the Great Commission Resurgence Task Force. Following this meeting, it was unclear how soon the passing of these recommendations would begin to trickle through our convention. Within these last four months several decisions have been made that I believe are indications that something is going on among our convention of churches much earlier than many anticipated.
Following the appointing of the GCR Task Force in June of 2009, several Southern Baptist State Conventions formed task forces to study how each state could better allocate their monies in order to be used for the advancement of the gospel to the nations. Three State Convention Task Forces have given strategic recommendations that will help to streamline our convention structures and see more money going to advance the gospel to underserved areas of our country and to the nations. In addition, other State Conventions are in process of making changes to the way they operate in order to streamline and send more money on to the SBC. This is an exciting time in our convention. Here are five encouraging items to pay close attention to and pray for:
The Kentucky Baptist Convention. On August 23rd, 2010, Dr. Hershael York, Chairman of the Kentucky Baptist Convention’s Great Commission Task Force, said, “Kentucky Baptists will move to an even distribution of Cooperative Program receipts and set an ambitious goal of increasing missions giving.” The move to changing the Cooperative Program allocations between KBC and Southern Baptist Convention causes to an even 50 percent-50 percent split is set to take place over the next seven years with the bulk of the shift occurring in 2011. Currently, only 38% is forwarded to the SBC headquarters.
These recommendations have not been approved yet, but will be presented to messengers on November 16th at the Kentucky Baptist Convention Meeting in Lexington. Part of what Baptist21 anticipates, as an outgrowth of the GCR, is that those who supported it will need to go to their state conventions and continue to be a part of the process of changing convention structures and allocations.
The Florida Baptist Convention. On September 23rd, 2010 the Imagine If Great Commission Task Force proposed four priorities for the Florida Baptist Convention. One of these priorities is “moving Florida’s Cooperative Program income distribution to a 50/50 division between state and national entities within four years.” Currently, only 40% is forwarded on to the SBC headquarters. The final draft of the recommendations will be presented to and voted on by the messengers at the Florida Baptist State Convention’s annual meeting on November 8th-9th.
The Nevada Baptist Convention. It was revealed on September 21st, 2010 that “Nevada Southern Baptists will vote in October to merge their state convention and four associations into one entity and increase their Cooperative Program missions giving by two-thirds over the next five-year.”
Hoyt Savage, the chairman of the 14-member task force and pastor of Foothills Baptist Church in Las Vegas said, “It was out of the box. It’s painful. But we want to not only survive, we want to thrive. This proposal is the way God opened up to us that we could continue working together and not be pulled from one allegiance or the other, where churches could stay focused on the main thing and maintain a single focus of church strengthening and church planting.”
The recommendations call for division of Cooperative Program receipts to reach a 50/50 division in 2015. These proposals will be voted on at the Nevada Baptist Conventions annual meeting on October 18-19th. Props to Hoyt Savage, the 14-member task force, and all Nevada Baptists for taking these steps to streamline their convention structure for the advancement of the gospel! This “out of the box” decision does not need to be overlooked. It may be something that other state conventions need to consider as they move forward in evaluating their structure and allocation.
The Dakota Baptist Convention. Earlier this month Dakota Baptists approved a new budget for 2011 that is $15,800 less than the 2010 budget. Executive Director Jim Hamilton states, “We’re trying to tighten our belts.” Baptist Press notes “the 16/84 DBC/SBC allocation in Cooperative Program giving reflects a .5 percent increase in funds for national and international missions causes. The dollar amount also is expected to increase, from $41,075 in 2010 to $42,400 in 2011.” These changes reflect a desire by Dakota Baptists to get more money from the churches to where the name of Jesus has not been heard.
The North American Mission Board. Recently, my former pastor Kevin Ezell was voted in as the new president of the North American Mission Board. Kevin ushers in a new era and future for NAMB. Kevin has a track record of detecting, mentoring, and encouraging pastors and church planters. This will be invaluable as he leads this organization to foster church planting among SBC Churches. Many have commented that he is a tremendous leader and is an excellent choice for this position. If you have yet to read up on Kevin, I encourage you to do so. Here are a few articles:
In Conclusion, I know that more changes in our convention are coming. There are still more decisions, tough decisions that will need to be made by our convention entities as they continue to evaluate how they operate. I believe the changes that come will be for the good of our convention and for the good of getting the gospel to those who have yet to hear the name of Jesus.
I believe the greatest days for Southern Baptists are ahead of us. If the trends we are currently seeing in our convention entities continue, we will see more money allocated to places of greatest need. My hope is that other state conventions would also evaluate how they allocate their money and decide to adjust in order to get more to underserved areas of our country and to the nations. Praise God for brave, faithful Southern Baptists across our nation who are sacrificing for gospel advancement among the underserved areas of our nation and the unreached people groups of the World.
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