LOUISVILLE, Ky. (BP)--With the goal of finding ways Southern Baptists "can work more faithfully and effectively" together in fulfilling the Great Commission, messengers to the convention's annual meeting June 23-24 gave the green light to a task force to examine the denomination for one year and report back to the 2010 meeting in Orlando Fla.
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Debate over the proposed Great Commission Task Force and an Internet document dubbed the "Great Commission Resurgence Declaration" had dominated pre-convention talk, with some Southern Baptist leaders backing it and others expressing concern. In the end, though, the 8,700-plus messengers at the annual meeting overwhelmingly supported the task force via a motion that gave Southern Baptist Convention President Johnny Hunt authority to appoint the panel -- something he did on the meeting's final day, naming 19 members. The actual GCR document that had sparked the discussion never was proposed, much less came to a vote.
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The denomination was meeting in Louisville, Ky., to help commemorate the 150th anniversary of the founding of Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.
In other top annual meeting news, messengers:
-- received an update about the GPS (God's Plan for Sharing) evangelism initiative, which aims to see every SBC church ... Read More