Nashville, Tenn. | For all who had been wondering who will succeed Fred Luter as president of the Southern Baptist Convention, we have our first nomination: Ronnie Floyd, pastor of Cross Church in northwest Arkansas, will be nominated by Southern Seminary President Al Mohler.
Describing Floyd in an open letter announcing the nomination, Mohler said, “He has unparalleled experience as a leader among us, an unquestioned commitment to the Great Commission, and he has demonstrated an unstinting urgency to unite Southern Baptists around our shared beliefs, mission, and programs.”
Floyd recently organized two gatherings for Southern Baptist ministers to come and pray together for spiritual awakening and revival.
That Mohler is nominating Floyd may signal the kind of unity that SBC Executive Committee President Frank Page had in mind when he formed a task force to study how Baptists of different theological persuasions can work together. With the 2014 convention set for Baltimore, where attendance will likely be lower but Baptist “frontiers” better represented, some had wondered if Mohler or another Reformed-thinking leader might run. But Thursday’s letter has made his choice clear:
“Southern Baptists are engaged in a healthy theological conversation, but we need leadership that can help that conversation to be directed toward energizing us to a great common (goal) for reaching the world and reaching our nation – together,” Mohler wrote.
“Fred Luter has led us so well as he has unified and inspired us. Our next president needs to unify and inspire us for our next steps together. I believe that Ronnie Floyd is the leader Southern Baptists need.”