All five of us have prayerfully considered the candidates for election to the presidency of the Southern Baptist Convention. We have interviewed each candidate. We have examined their service to the Kingdom, and to Southern Baptist causes. We have weighed carefully their words, both in our interviews and in other venues. And we have concluded that the best candidate for our convention at this time is Dr. Frank Cox. We arrived at this conclusion for three reasons.
- Frank Cox is not an establishment guy. Do not read this statement to mean those long entrenched in the Conservative Resurgence do not support Frank Cox, because I believe many do. However, I call your attention to the timing of Dr. Cox’s announcement. Dr. Al Mohler was already an announced candidate and thus, secretly had the backing of the “establishment” as we were moving forward. Dr. Cox clearly has sought God’s will for this timing in his life and he desires to be in the very center of the will of God. Thus, whether the establishment backs him or not, he is willing to place his name out there in following God’s leading.
- Frank Cox has a passion for cooperative missions. Dr. Cox’s passion for cooperative missions is seen in his support of the Cooperative Program. His church’s giving is percentage is 13%. Here is the way the Christian Index presented the facts:
The congregation gave $393,839, or 13.4 percent, through the Cooperative Program from total undesignated receipts of $2,946,717. According to the ACP, the church’s total mission expenditures were $601,416, with $59,976 given for the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering for International Missions and $23,494 for the Annie Armstrong Easter Offering for North American Missions.
He works locally in various secular community events, for the sole purpose of lovingly confronting the culture with an unashamedly Christian voice and perspective. Dr. Cox not only confronts the culture but he engages the culture. His past service on the local school board curriculum committee is just one example. Dr. Cox cooperated with both moderates and conservatives as President of the Georgia Baptist Convention when that convention was dealing with contentious issues. Dr. Cox cooperated, hearing all of the sides, but then taking a stand on conservative, bible believing theology. He did not waver, but was willing to cooperate.
- Frank Cox is highly respected by many leaders. Dr. Cox shares many friendships with other leaders across our convention. Dr. Junior Hill, who will nominate him, has stated that Dr. Cox “cares about people. He cares about our denomination and he cares about the destiny of America. He has never been too small to preach in the largest of our churches and he has never been too big to preach in the smallest of our churches. His heart is pure. His doctrine is right. His vision is clear.”
The fact that Dr. Junior Hill is nominating him for the top electable post in the convention speaks highly of his integrity. Dr Cox is the kind of president that our convention needs right now. He has pastored a small church, medium-sized church, large church, and now a mega-church. These pastorates were not done in different settings, but in one setting and that is his current location of ministry. He came to his present ministry when it was Pleasant Hill Baptist Church, a church that had around 130-200 in average attendance. It was in 1995 that Pleasant Hill Baptist Church was led by God, through the pastoral leadership of Dr. Cox, to re-locate to their present location and change their name to North Metro First Baptist Church (NMFBC). In 2007, NMFBC was 47th in CP giving in the entire Southern Baptist Convention. Dr. Cox has navigated many changes within his years of ministry. These challenges have uniquely prepared and equipped him to lead our convention at this challenging time.