RALEIGH-DURHAM, N.C. (BP) — North Carolina pastor J.D. Greear will be nominated for president of the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC), Florida pastor Jimmy Scroggins announced today.
Greear, 42, “is leading his generation to live out a passion for the SBC, missions and the local church,” wrote Scroggins, pastor of Family Church in West Palm Beach, Fla., in a news release stating his intention to nominate Greear during the SBC annual meeting June 14–15 in St. Louis.
During the 14 years Greear has pastored The Summit Church in Raleigh-Durham, North Carolina, worship attendance has grown from 350 to just under 10,000, Scroggins said. Total baptisms increased from 19 in 2002 to 928 in 2014, the last year for which statistics are available through the SBC’s Annual Church Profile.
Scroggins said the 149 International Mission Board (IMB) missionaries currently on the field from The Summit mark the largest total from any church in the convention — a statistic the church said IMB has confirmed. Greear himself served two years with IMB among a Muslim unreached people group before being called to The Summit.
Closer to home, The Summit has planted 26 churches in North America during the past five years in conjunction with the North American Mission Board.
“Believing J.D. Greear is God’s man for the hour who models in his church the best of what a Southern Baptist pastor is all about,” Scroggins wrote, “I eagerly look forward to placing his name in nomination.”
Greear said, “One of the things God has put on my heart is that my generation needs to take personal responsibility for the agencies and the mission boards of the SBC and not just think of them as the SBC’s, but think of them as ours.
“The second thing I want to do is celebrate the autonomy of the local church in choosing how it’s going to give.”
He emphasized that “missions is more effective when done in cooperation with like-minded churches, and we feel really good about the [entities] of the Southern Baptist Convention and how they’re leading.”
Greear’s nomination is the first to be announced for the SBC annual meeting. He and his wife, Veronica, have four children.
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