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.
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.
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.