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SBC President Voter Guide Which Nominee Best Represents Southern Baptists?

April 2, 2018

Voter Guide Notes

1. Purpose

The purpose of the SBC Today Voter Guide is to provide SBC Messengers with accurate information concerning SBC Presidential Nominees early enough in the election cycle to allow for their study of the relevant issues.

2. Method

Rather than relying upon nominee interviews, which are often helpful, we prefer to offer readers facts and statements which have already become a part of the historical record. The use of verbatim personal quotes spanning a broader period of time allows a more thorough investigation into each nominee’s background.

3. Accuracy

Each entry consists of facts taken directly from published news sources, including the frequent use of verbatim quotes by the nominees. In some cases, to accommodate the space limitations of the Voter Guide table, slight redactions and the occasional borrowing of an antecedent from a previous sentence were required. Such editing never alters the meaning of any Voter Guide entry. 

4. Context

SBC Today believes each Voter Guide entry stands alone as a complete unit of thought. We nevertheless encourage readers to explore the full context of every statement to develop a broader understanding of the issues than the space limitations of a Voter Guide will allow. Because we wish to encourage such further research, each Voter Guide citation below is hyperlinked to the original source.

View of State Conventions and Local Associations

Greear, JD. “Our Church, The SBC, and the Cooperative Program.” JD Greear Ministries. February 8, 2012.

Hemphill, Ken. “Convention Priorities.” Ken Hemphill SBC 2018. March 13, 2018.

Cooperative Versus Societal Missions

Greear, JD. “Our Missions Strategy and the SBC.” JD Greear Ministries. June 9, 2008.

Hemphill, Ken. “Convention Priorities.” Ken Hemphill SBC 2018. March 13, 2018.

Southern Baptist Identity Approval

Greear, JD. “Your God Is Too Small.” Sermon, Morning Worship Service, The Summit Church, Durham, North Carolina, February 4, 2018.

Hemphill, Ken. “Convention Priorities.” Ken Hemphill SBC 2018. March 13, 2018.

Transparent Salvation Doctrine Position

Greear, JD. “Don’t Be A Fundamentalist (Calvinist or Otherwise).” JD Greear Ministries. September 11, 2014.

Wilson, Jared C. “The Top 125 Influences on the Gospel-Centered Movement.” The Gospel Coalition. January 26, 2018.

Hemphill, Ken. Unlimited: God’s Love, Atonement, and Mission. Traveler’s Rest, SC: Auxano Press, 2018.

A Statement of the Traditional Southern Baptist Understanding of God’s Plan of Salvation. Connect 316. May 2012.

Cooperative Kingdom Participation Convictions

Cosper, Mike. “Mike Cosper Interviews JD Greear.” Audio podcast. Sojourn Network. November 9, 2017.

Hemphill, Ken. “Convention Priorities.” Ken Hemphill SBC 2018. March 13, 2018.

Internal Versus External Cooperation

Greear, JD. “Acts 29 and the SBC.” JD Greear Ministries. February 20, 2009.

Greear, JD. “Great Commission Resurgence Task Force.” JD Greear Ministries. August 13, 2009.

Hemphill, Ken. “Convention Priorities.” Ken Hemphill SBC 2018. March 13, 2018.

Record of Cooperative Program Support

Roach, David. “JD Greear to be SBC President Nominee Again.” Baptist Press. January 29, 2018.

Hall, Will. “Ken Hemphill to be SBC President Nominee.” The Message. February 1, 2018. 

Convictions Regarding Beverage Alcohol

Miller, Norm. “Pastor Recaps Reasons for Alcohol Motion.” Baptist Press. November 22, 2010.

Lumpkins, Peter. “On J.D. Greear’s View of Alcohol: Inadequate, Naive, Relativistic, Unbiblical Balderdash: And That’s Putting It Mildly.” SBC Tomorrow. November 8, 2010.

Greear, J.D. “Three Ways We Make It Difficult For People Turning to God.” J.D. Greear Ministries. August 27, 2014.

Rodgers, Jane. “Q and A with SBC Presidential Candidate Kenneth Hemphill.” Southern Baptist Texan. March 28, 2018.

JD Greear for President of the Southern Baptist Convention: Since When Did We Become Southern Baptist?

March 29, 2018

By Bob Hadley, Pastor
Westside Baptist Church Daytona Beach, FL

Editor’s Note: This article originally appeared at SBC Issues and is used by permission.


Click on the picture below to hear Greear’s comments to his church.

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JD Greear announced to his church that he had been asked to allow his name to be placed in nomination for president of the Southern Baptist Convention. In his remarks he noted three questions that the church members would have and the third was an eye-opener. He said, “the third question many of you will ask is ‘Since when did we become Southern Baptist?” I get that. That is not something we wear on our sleeve here. There are obviously parts of the Southern Baptist Convention that do not excite us and represent who were are as a church.”

Here is a guy who pastors a multi-campus church that is not even aware that they are part of the Southern Baptist Convention and this is after he had run for the same position two years ago. So in the past two years, the Summit Church that Greear pastors still has no idea they are Southern Baptist. Continue reading

A True Cooperative Program Champion

March 27, 2018

Dr. Rick Patrick, Pastor
FBC Sylacauga, Alabama
Exec. Director, Connect 316

In 2010, when Southern Baptists adopted the Great Commission Resurgence Task Force Report, we admitted that all missions giving is worthy of celebration, but we also clearly affirmed the superiority of the Cooperative Program over every alternative method for financially supporting missions:

We call upon Southern Baptists to honor and affirm the Cooperative Program as the most effective means of mobilizing our churches and extending our reach… The greatest stewardship of Great Commission investment and deployment is giving through the Cooperative Program. We call upon Southern Baptists to recommit to the Cooperative Program as the central and preferred conduit of Great Commission funding, without which we would be left with no unified and cooperative strategy and commitment to the Great Commission task. (Emphasis mine.)

The Southern Baptist Convention rises and falls on our support of the Cooperative Program. Over the past few decades, as CP giving declined, we saw 25% of our missionaries return home. We saw certain areas of SBC life point fingers at other areas, claiming they were the problem. We saw relationships between national, state, and association partners diminish to the worst level in a lifetime, perhaps in the history of our convention. When Southern Baptists fail to unite around this program, we fail to cooperate. It has been a fool’s errand for Southern Baptists to flirt with societal missions when the best thing we ever did together was cooperative missions.

Cooperative Program Support by SBC Presidential Candidates

Some people talk about the Cooperative Program being the greatest thing since sliced bread while their church only donates one or two percent of their undesignated receipts to the cause. When it comes to the Cooperative Program, they are “all hat but no cattle.” Fortunately, there is a better way, and Ken Hemphill is clearly the man to lead us there. Hemphill’s support for the Cooperative Program is much more than merely lip service. With a lifetime of faithful and sacrificial Cooperative Program giving, he has the resume to back it up.

While serving at North Greenville University as the Director of the Center for Church Planting and Revitalization, Hemphill was a member of the First Baptist Church in Hendersonville, North Carolina. This church donated 12.2% through the Cooperative Program in 2016 and 2017. This is a strong and exemplary level of Cooperative Program giving among Southern Baptists. By example, it encourages others to donate in a similar fashion.

To put this level of Cooperative Program support in perspective, consider the percentage of undesignated receipts given at the church of Hemphill’s only announced opponent in this election, JD Greear. While First Baptist Church of Hendersonville, North Carolina, was contributing 12.2% through the Cooperative Program, The Summit Church in Durham, North Carolina, contributed only 2.4% through the Cooperative Program. The Summit Church will be quick to mention all of the work they are doing through other channels, which is all well and good, albeit completely beside the point. Their primary approach to the support of missions is manifestly not the Cooperative Program, which Southern Baptists have declared to be the central and preferred conduit of Great Commission funding.

Southern Baptists Deserve a True Cooperative Program Champion

Ken Hemphill is the personification of Southern Baptist loyalty and commitment. In a ministry spanning several decades, he served as a Pastor, Professor, Seminary President, and Denominational Executive. Because of his faithful and stellar record of service at NAMB, LifeWay, Southwestern Seminary, and the Executive Committee, nobody understands rank and file Southern Baptists like Ken Hemphill.

He knows that our hearts beat for the spread of the gospel. He also knows that the best way we can accomplish our mission is through the strong support of the Cooperative Program at every level of our denominational structure. Recently, in articulating his vision for Southern Baptists, Hemphill wrote:

The Cooperative Program has produced the greatest funding stream for the most powerful, multigenerational and multi-diverse mission-equipping and mission-sending movement in church history. Our cooperative strategy enables every church of every size to be an equal partner in a kingdom venture so vast that only God will be able to receive the credit and glory. It is not the size of the gift but the size of the sacrifice that counts.

Can you hear the vision he is casting? Do you see the value in having one program that every Southern Baptist Church can enthusiastically embrace? The disasters of this past decade have proven that Southern Baptists should resist any and all rival missions funding conduits and redouble our efforts in supporting the greatest missionary-sending movement in church history.

Ken Hemphill has clearly demonstrated a lifetime of support for the Cooperative Program that is unquestionably without peer in this election. In so doing, he has definitely earned my vote. I encourage you to register as a messenger, come to Dallas this summer, and vote for Ken Hemphill as the next President of the Southern Baptist Convention.

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