We are becoming less Southern, less Baptist and less of a Convention. Perhaps not so coincidentally, matters of late have not been going particularly well.
If we do not quickly revise our strategy in order to train and equip an army of national leaders and support them as they plant indigenous churches, then we will continue to give more money and get less results.
Congregational governance under Christ’s Lordship is another distinguishing mark of a Baptist church. A church may be baptistic in every other aspect, but if she does not have a form of congregational governance, she cannot be counted as a Baptist church.
The IMB had one of the best communications teams in the denomination. With one fell swoop, most of them are now gone or will be in the next three months. These are men and women who have devoted their lives to the ministry of “telling the story.”