Candidates lead in varied contexts: Small church, city church, megachurch
Baltimore | With the Southern Baptist Convention’s annual meeting one week away, the election to succeed current President Fred Luter appears to be a three-candidate race:
Church: Cross Church has four campuses in northwest Arkansas, and launched a site in Neosho, Mo. this Easter. According to the church’s website, more than 17,000 people have been baptized during Floyd’s 27-year tenure.
SBC service: He has chaired the SBC Executive Committee and led the Great Commission Resurgence Task Force. Most recently, Floyd organized national prayer meetings for Southern Baptist ministers.
Quotable: “It is obvious to me that we need a mighty, fresh manifestation of God’s presence in our lives personally, which I would call personal spiritual revival,” Floyd said in an interview with Midwestern Seminary President Jason Allen about the SBC presidency. “Our churches need that mighty manifestation of God’s presence through the life of the church – revival, revitalization, whatever you want to call it, refreshing winds of the Spirit. There is no question that the greatest need in American life is a spiritual awakening.”
SBC service: Kim is a past president of the Council of Korean Southern Baptist Churches in America, and recently served on a task force appointed by the North American Mission Board to
study the SBC’s declining baptisms.
Quotable: In his interview with Baptist Press, Moon outlined how he would call the SBC forward in fulfilling the Great Commission if he is elected president: “In a time when about 1,000 churches close their doors every year, I believe that the need of the hour is an evangelistic tool that is simple enough to train all church members, effective enough to ignite believers’ passion for evangelism and engaging enough to captivate the hearts of the present generation.”
Church: New Salem Baptist in Hustonville, Ky., is a church of about 60 members that Moore describes as a “loving, caring, godly group of people.” He served as a youth minister and pastor in Tennessee before moving to Kentucky.
SBC service: Moore currently is second vice president of the Southern Baptist Convention.
Quotable: “I want to represent Southern Baptists like the ones I serve on a daily basis who may not have the opportunity to attend the convention or serve at the convention level,” Moore wrote on his blog. Among his other reasons for running: promoting unity and the Cooperative Program.
“Apart from cooperating with other SBC churches through the Cooperative Program, our small church could not support as many ministries on our own,” Moore wrote. “I hope to encourage churches to begin, continue, or increase their support of the Cooperative Program.”