Frank Page tells Executive Committee members that a covenant of trust as well as honesty, integrity and intergenerational appreciation will undergird his work in behalf of the Southern Baptist Convention. "I'm going to do everything in my power to rebuild in this convention a covenant of trust," Page said during the EC's Feb. 22 session in Nashville.
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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP)--Frank Page, president of the Executive Committee, cast a "Christ-centered, Bible-based" vision Feb. 22 for how Southern Baptists can work with God to accomplish His purposes in North America and around the world during the next decade.
"I simply ask you to join with me today in a simple way to follow not my agenda, not the convention's agenda, but Vision 2020, a simple way to follow our Lord's agenda," Page said during his first report to the Executive Committee since assuming the role of president last fall.
Though he has come to a new leadership position during an economic downturn that has impacted the convention, Page said he doesn't want Southern Baptists to adopt a mentality that they must retreat.
"As we all know, our convention over the last decades has taken a stand for biblical inerrancy. I thank God for that," Page said. "But I believe that now a unified understanding and a call for an affirmation of an inerrant, infallible Word of God shall lead us to an even greater obedience of that Word. I believe that is where we need to be focusing now. As we affirm its inerrancy and infallibility, let's do so by fleshing it out and living it in this world."
First, Page wants to see the International Mission Board receive more support than it has received in its history.
"I want us to be an Executive Committee that does everything we can do to make sure that every man, woman, boy and girl on this globe hears the Good News of Christ," Page said. "I'm not satisfied with just every unreached people group hearing the Gospel in some way that they're reachable. I want us to reach them with the Gospel. I want you to know of my encouragement for and my support of the International Mission Board."
Page also expressed firm support of the North American Mission Board and said he wants to see each person on the continent reached for Christ through evangelistic church planting and encouragement of existing churches.
Another component of the vision is for Southern Baptists to recommit to "quality, Bible-based, Christ-centered theological education."
"As I heard our seminary presidents speak yesterday to one of our groups, it was my delight to say as a pastor of 30-plus years, I'm excited to say I could send a student to any one of those seminaries and be absolutely delighted," Page said.
He asked Southern Baptists to join him in supporting the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission as they are salt and light throughout the country and especially in the nation's capital, as well as the Woman's Missionary Union as they continue in the task of educating and promoting missions in churches.
TRUST, HONESTY, INTEGRITY
Within Vision 2020 are some principles of operation, he said, starting with the principle of trust.
"I'm asking that we return to a covenant of trust. For too long there has been suspicion, turf protection and kingdom building," Page said. "If that offends you that I said that, then maybe it should offend you that I said that.... Read More