At the upcoming Southern Baptist Convention in Orlando, FL, there will be much debate over a report from the Great Commission Resurgence Task Force. Though the vote to receive the report is not binding on anything in any way, it does seem to set a tone for the direction of the SBC and will certainly bring some new ideas to the tables of all SBC agencies.

The problem is that so much information is coming out so quickly that its hard to know exactly what people are so worked up about.

I confess, I have not read all that I should about the GCR. When the values were posted last year, I affirmed them and encouraged others to do so as well. Since then, I have not been able to keep up with all that has gone on with the task force.

That being said, let me weigh in a few of my own beliefs that effect how I am evaluating all of this:

1) Too much Baptist life is about maintaining the status quo. We often cry “discipleship” when people talk too much about evangelism, as though what we are doing when we are not spreading the gospel somehow defaults to discipleship. Discipleship is not maintaining the status quo. It is not ensuring that offices keep running and dead ministries keep getting funded. Our churches, associations, state conventions, and the SBC could stand to take some nice long looks at what we do and how that compares to the Great Commission.

2) Though I’m not in favor of throwing babies out with bathwater, I think we need to search through the excess bathwater in order to rescue some drowning babies! Alright, enough metaphor. Let’s face it, a lot of CP dollars are spent on things that are not the great commission. Just because it has always been that way does not necessarily mean that it needs to be that way. The local church does not exist to keep the doors of the Baptist Building open. It exists to celebrate and proclaim the Gospel of Christ, to grow in community, and to share the love of Christ with the world. State conventions can help, but IF that is not what they are doing, then they have outlived their usefulness.

So with those thoughts, I muddle through the information that’s out there. Here’s some links for your muddling:

You can learn about the report itself here.

Baptist 21 has a great article on what exactly is at stake in Orlando. Are we voting to revive something, or scrap something in favor of something new?

Micah Fries has done a great job compiling information to show the discrepancies between the great commission and the money raised to further it.

I welcome your comments as well as any other useful resources!

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