Arkansan Ronnie Floyd elected president of Southern Baptist Convention | Arkansas Blog

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Arkansan Ronnie Floyd elected president of Southern Baptist Convention

Posted By on Tue, Jun 10, 2014 at 11:31 AM

click to enlarge ELECTED: Ronnie Floyd - TWITTER/CHRISTIAN POST
  • TWITTER/Christian Post
  • ELECTED: Ronnie Floyd
Ronnie Floyd, pastor of the mega Cross Church in Northwest Arkansas, has been elected president of the Southern Baptist Convention.

At a pastoral conference earlier, Floyd blamed a decline in membership on "cool" pastors more concerned with popular culture than glorifying God.

"Some of us have a heart to be so real with people that we just think if we're cool enough, we're going to get [the numbers]," said Floyd, senior pastor of Cross Church in northwest Arkansas. "We're never going to be cool enough to win our towns, our rural settings, to win our cities, to win the nation, to win the world, to win the nations. We're never going to be cool enough; the only thing that's going to bring that is a binding movement of the spirit of God that comes only when we are going up to be with God."

His Cross Church has five "campuses," including one in Neosho, Mo.

Floyd got 51 percent of the votes  the first round of balloting. He focused on church growth and international missions in his campaign for the office. Floyd's own church has grown in attendance and Baptists while others have experienced declines.

By the way: I note the organization is referred to as a "denomination" by some. Here's what SBC itself says about that:

Southern Baptists are a "Denomination" only in the word's most general meaning — a general name for a category of similar things. Churches that practice believer's baptism by immersion have been "denominated" by others and by themselves as Baptists for many centuries. When the Southern Baptist Convention was formed in 1845, it used the term in this general way (see the preamble to the SBC Constitution). By doctrine and polity, the SBC cannot and does not unite local congregations into a single legal denominational body. Each cooperating Baptist body — local church, association, state convention, and auxiliary — retains its sovereignity and is fully autonomous.

These autonomous Baptist bodies work together in friendly cooperation to achieve common Kingdom ministries and purposes.

PS — Don't go looking for any Ronnie Floyd outreach to gay people. He's author of " The Gay Agenda." Our NWA blogger, Street Jazz, wrote about him earlier on this point.

Tags: , , ,

From the ArkTimes store

Favorite

Comments (15)

Showing 1-15 of 15

Add a comment

 
Subscribe to this thread:
Showing 1-15 of 15

Add a comment

More by Max Brantley

  • TGIF open line

    Another week done. Today's video roundup leads with the looming government shutdown.
    • Jan 19, 2018
  • Former legislator arrested for theft

    The Texarkana Gazette reports that Fonda Hawthorne, who served one term in the state House as a Democrat from Ashdown in 2013 and 2014, was arrested this week for theft — making some $16,000 in questionable charges on the debit card of the Little River Chamber of Commerce, of which she is executive director.
    • Jan 19, 2018
  • Legislative Council approves dicamba ban

    The Legislative Council today signed off without discussion on a Plant Board rule to ban the use of the herbicide dicamba between April 16 and Oct. 31.
    • Jan 19, 2018
  • More »

Readers also liked…

  • The long and winding road: No exception yet for 30 Crossing

    The Arkansas highway department's representative on the Metroplan board of directors told the board today that the department is requesting an exception to the planning agency's cap on six lanes for its 30 Crossing project to widen Interstate 30 from six to 10 (and more) lanes.
    • Jun 29, 2016
  • City Board votes to table homeless feeding ordinance for 8 weeks, study with commission

    The Little Rock Board of Directors voted tonight to table for eight weeks an ordinance that homeless advocates say would severely limit the ability of charities to feed homeless people in city parks. Before the ordinance was punted, Vice Mayor Kathy Webb proposed a nine-member commission to study the issue and make recommendations to the board.
    • May 16, 2017
  • Medical marijuana backers: Health Department opposition 'disingenuous' and 'cruel'

    Arkansans for Compassionate Care, the group behind the first medical marijuana initiative to qualify for the ballot, has responded sharply to yesterday's statement by the Arkansas Health Department that it opposes legal medical use of marijuana.
    • Jul 13, 2016

Most Shared

Most Viewed

Most Recent Comments

  • Re: Campus carry question: What about K-12 schools on college campuses?

    • JOIN THE NEW WORLD ORDER OF ILLUMINATI TODAY AND HAVE ALL YOUR DESIRES IN LIFE…

    • on January 20, 2018
  • Re: TGIF open line

    • Xian "forgiveness", it's like the best get-out-of-jail-free card ever. "Christian Congressman: God Forgave Me For…

    • on January 19, 2018
  • Re: TGIF open line

    • "A stable genius really should be able to keep the governments lights on."--Andy Borowitz

    • on January 19, 2018
 

© 2018 Arkansas Times | 201 East Markham, Suite 200, Little Rock, AR 72201
Powered by Foundation