Floyd issues ‘Call to Columbus’ for 2015

Meredith Flynn —  June 10, 2014

Ronnie_Floyd_pressBaltimore | New Southern Baptist Convention President Ronnie Floyd said the SBC is committed to its path to share the Gospel with the nations, but we must accelerate our pace.

Speaking to media representatives at a press conference this afternoon, Floyd said the greatest need in the convention, and in the world, is the need for a great spiritual awakening. It’s been more than 100 years since the last great American revival, Floyd said.

“We’re overdue, it’s past time, we must have that movement.”

Not just for Southern Baptists, he added, but “for the purpose of seeing the Great Commission escalated to its rightful priority in all that we do as the church, so that we might be able to see it accelerated to its completion in this generation.”

The key, Floyd said, is “extraordinary prayer.” He organized two recent national prayer gatherings for pastors, and told media he will issue a “Call to Columbus” for next year’s SBC Annual Meeting. Before he was elected, Floyd said, someone told him, “You know, if you win, you’ve got to go to Columbus? You think anybody will come?”

Conventions in non-Southern cities generally have fewer attenders, but Floyd wants to use the meeting to pray together for the next great awakening.

“I’m going to do everything I can to work with the Order of Business Committee of the Southern Baptist Convention, the leadership of the Southern Baptist Convention, to try our very best to spend as much time together practicing extraordinary prayer for the next great awakening in next year’s convention,” Floyd told media.

“And over the next year, I will do everything I can everywhere I go, and I need your help, to help carry that message.”

He said, “It’s time to pray. Quite honestly, it’s past time to pray.”

Meredith Flynn

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Meredith is managing editor of the Illinois Baptist newspaper.