Time to Change

02 Jun

With the annual meeting in Indy only one week away, things are starting to get interesting (sort of).

As already noted, there are already 6 announced candidates for the office of SBC President. In the past, only one “approved” candidate from the CR power suits would be put forth for office. But this year’s slate of candidates is interesting to me, most notably, because two of them are small church pastors. Les Puryear seems like an excellent choice to me (though the others are all noble men, too). I like the idea that a smaller membership church pastor would lead the SBC since the majority of churches in the SBC are smaller membership churches.

But the lastest news is the statement produced by a group of former IMB trustees calling on the churches of the SBC to hold the entities of the SBC accountable to the direction of the convention’s churches, not the churches to the sentiments of their entities. Time to Change is the name of the group’s website. It is not clear yet as the viability of the statement because it is extremely difficult for the SBC to direct the trustees of its entities due to the way the SBC system is set up, but I am hopeful that there is some organization to change the IMB’s policies about baptism and private prayer language.

The countdown to Indy continues…


Posted by on June 2, 2008 in Uncategorized


2 responses to “Time to Change

  1. Les Puryear

    June 3, 2008 at 2:38 pm


    Thanks for your support.


  2. tpylant

    June 3, 2008 at 3:09 pm


    I can only imagine what it would be like to serve as convention President and to pastor a smaller membership congregation at the same time. We (small church pastors) don’t have other staff members to fill in for preaching duties or funerals, and most small church initiatives live and die on our support. But I trust the Lord will empower you to fill the office if this responsiblity falls to you.

    I stumbled on your blog only this week and have really enjoyed reading it.



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