Greear calls for prayer, fasting amid SBC transitions

October 3, 2018

Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) President J.D. Greear, pastor of The Summit Church in Raleigh-Durham, N.C., called on all Southern Baptists to join him for a day of prayer and fasting on Monday, Oct. 8 for God’s wisdom in filling top leadership positions at several SBC entities.

Currently, new leaders are being sought to fill executive positions at five SBC entities. Those entities are: the SBC Executive Committee; LifeWay Christian Resources; the International Mission Board; New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary; and Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.
In a letter to executive directors of Baptist state conventions, Greear said the moment seems “unprecedented” and asked for help in calling Southern Baptists to pray for the active search committees.

“I believe God is up to something that — if we are humble and faithful — can prepare us for greater days of effectiveness for the Great Commission,” Greear said.

Greear urged prayer for each respective search team in the following areas:  
• “For wisdom for the search committee in assessing what is needed for effective ministry in the 21st century.
• “For boldness for the search committee in asking the difficult questions.
• “For loving-kindness for the search committee as they interact with one another.
• “For favor, that God’s face would shine upon us as a people – not for our sake, but that Jesus’ name would be known to the ends of the earth.”

In a post shared through his Twitter account on Tuesday, Oct. 3, Greear tweeted: “With many key positions to be filled in SBC leadership, would you join me Mon., Oct. 8 for a Day of Prayer & Fasting? Pray that God would be merciful to us & bless us & cause his face to shine upon us, so that his way may be known in all the earth & his salvation among the nations!”

Milton A. Hollifield Jr., executive director-treasurer for the Baptist State Convention of North Carolina (BSCNC), expressed his support for Greear’s call to prayer.

“I wholeheartedly support SBC President J.D. Greear’s call to all Southern Baptists to pray and fast on Monday, Oct. 8 for all of the leadership decisions that need to be made within our denomination,” Hollifield said. “I can’t remember a time in Southern Baptist life when there has been this many top leadership transitions taking place across our SBC entities at the same time.

“I hope Southern Baptists in North Carolina and beyond will join me in this concerted prayer effort for God to raise up godly leaders who will help guide key areas of our convention for years to come.”

The BSCNC’s Office of Prayer for Evangelization and Spiritual Awakening has a resource titled “Prayer and Fasting: Principles & Practices” that is available as a free download. The resource includes biblical principles, practical applications and corresponding Scripture verses related to prayer and fasting.
Additional resources prayer resources from the BSCNC are available online at praync.org.


by BSCNC Communications 

What millennials want from Sunday School

“I just don’t fit in. I love the authentic worship and biblical preaching here, but there is nowhere to belong.” These were the words of a millennial who attended my church. Have you ever heard something similar? As a pastor, do you wonder why your church has a difficult time...

‘Iconic’ missionary encourages NC Baptists to remember their call

Sam James, longtime missionary with the International Mission Board (IMB), encouraged Baptist State Convention of North Carolina (BSCNC) staff members to rest in God’s call on their lives and demonstrate the supernatural love of Christ as they serve in their respective ministries....

Sexual abuse report a ‘wake-up call’ for Southern Baptists

I am deeply grieved by the findings of an investigative report published by the Houston Chronicle over the weekend which described hundreds of incidents of sexual abuse that have occurred in Southern Baptist churches across the United States during the past two decades.Part one of...

New Immigrant Hospitality Center opens in Lincolnton

Baptists have opened new Immigrant Hospitality Center in Lincolnton that will provide legal counsel and other help to immigrants. The center is not just a building, but rather is “a community effort to show love to our neighbors,” said center director Bobby Farmer. The Baptist...

How well are we impacting lostness and making disciples?

In 2013, the Baptist State Convention of North Carolina (BSCNC) adopted a strategy titled “impacting lostness through disciple-making,” which our staff began implementing the following year.Our mission as a state convention is to assist N.C. Baptist churches in their divinely...

Mayberry doesn’t exist anymore

“Barney Gets His Man” is a favorite episode from The Andy Griffith Show. In that episode, there’s a high-speed car chase, Andy carries a gun and an African-American citizen can be seen in the background when the criminal is apprehended If that’s the only episode you ever watch,...

Cultural awareness in discipleship

This podcast was recorded during a breakout session at the 2018 Baptist State Convention of North Carolina Annual Meeting and focuses on cultural awareness in discipleship. When shepherding young believers from different races and cultures, it is important to ask the question,...

Top 5 resources for February

Every month, we spotlight five helpful resources for you as you seek to walk closely with the Lord and make disciples. Many of these resources are created by the staff of the Baptist State Convention of North Carolina (BSCNC) to help meet the ministry needs of pastors and lay...

0 Comments

Submit a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Get the latest news and event information by signing up for the N.C. Baptist newsletter.

Select Language ^

Share This

Share this with your friends!