Southern Baptist Convention annual meeting underway in Baltimore

BALTIMORE (TAB) — The morning and afternoon session of the Southern Baptist Convention annual meeting, June 10 at the Baltimore Convention Center, included an election of a new president, six motions presented from the convention floor in the morning session, reports from the North American Mission Board (NAMB) and the International Mission Board and other business and reports. Ronnie Floyd, pastor of Cross Church in northwest Arkansas for 27 years, was elected as the new SBC president with 1,834 messenger votes (51.62% of the vote) outpolling Maryland pastor Dennis Manpoong Kim, and Kentucky pastor Jared Moore. In his first press conference, held in the convention center at 2 p.m., Floyd said, “I am calling the Southern Baptist Convention to prayer for the next great awakening. … We must put the Great Commission in it’s rightful priority. We must penetrate lostness of this nation and this world. We must accelerate the pace of the Great Commission.” On the convention floor a motion presented by Alan Cross, pastor of Gateway Baptist Church, Montgomery, requested a task force to be formed to assess the current progress of pursuing biblical racial reconciliation within the convention and to bring a report to the 2015 SBC meeting on its findings. There was a second to the motion. The first day of the annual meeting also included two theme interpretation sermons — one on prayer and the other on restoration, as part of the annual meeting’s theme, “Restoration & Revival Through Prayer.” The evening session, a revival service with a message from Fred Luter Jr., will begin at 6:45 p.m.

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