SBC Presidential Nominations

[Apologies to readers for not finding the time last week to post thoughts on SBC Today‘s interview with Wiley Drake. Though it’s too late now for this to inform your vote, the interview may be heard HERE.]

Junior Hill, nominating Frank Cox, said he was nominating him for the following reasons:
1. Conviction: (Theological and practical)
2. Giving: (To CP)
3. Leadership: (VP of SBC and President of Georgia Baptist Convention two times)
4. Personality: (Gracious, humble, and able to work with all churches– large and small– in the SBC)

John Marshall, nominating Avery Willis, said that Willis will lead in:
1. Revival
2. Discipleship (as evidenced by his work with MasterLife)
3. Cooperative Program (increased CP giving in every church he has served as to as much as 20%)
4. Growth

Wade Burleson, nominating Bill Wagner, cited Dr. Wagner’s resume and emphasized that he is a small church pastor and career missionary.

Alan Stoddard, nominating Les Puryear, presented Puryear as a continuation of what he considered to be the best aspects of Page’s presidency, saying that Puryear would:
1. Continue the practice of Dr. Page of including those previously overlooked
2. Continue Page’s practice of reaching out to ethnic minorities
3. Continue Page’s practice of reaching out to small churches
4. Dr. Puryear will promote greater unity within the SBC

Don Roberts, nominating Wiley Drake, made the following assertions:
1. Drake is a great personal example in personal growth and family life
2. Drake has experience in leadership as a pastor and as organizer of the Presidential Prayer Team
3. Drake is a man of conviction in not giving in to city ordinances to kick homeless people out of sleeping in his church building

Ted Traylor, nominating Johnny Hunt, gave an impassioned speech, which included the following characteristics he felt would make Hunt the best SBC president this next year:
1. His heart for missions: CP giving– 3.3 million dollars last year and church planting efforts
2. His heart for the next generation: Timothy/Barnabas Conference
3. He will unite the SBC

I voted for Willis, primarily because I liked what he said in the SBC Today interview about reaching those who have been overlooked by many in the Convention- those who seemingly have nothing to offer our churches, who cannot be viewed as customers- the poor, the imprisoned, the disabled, etc.

Conventional wisdom said that with six candidates, no candidate would be able to attain a clear majority, and that there would be a run-off between Cox and Hunt. Conventional wisdom was wrong and Hunt won on the first ballot with almost 53% of the vote.

Two things were made even more clear by this outcome:

  1. If one wants to be nominated for SBC President, the one nominating should be charismatic and articulate. Though Hunt may very well have gotten the vote anyway, he almost certainly would not have won on the first ballot apart from the skill of Ted Traylor.
  2. If wants to be nominated for SBC President, the one nominating should not be charismatic in the theological sense, as Dr. Wagner had the best resume, but was second to the bottom in terms of votes. [The “charismatic” comment was somewhat tongue-in-cheek, but having such a controversial figure as Wade Burleson nominate him probably did not help Dr. Wagner.]

Please do pray for Johnny Hunt, that he would execute his office in a way that is truly honoring to Christ.

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5 Comments on “SBC Presidential Nominations”

  1. Chris Guinn Says:

    It was Dr. Ted Traylor that nominated Johnny Hunt not Ti, Trailer

  2. Andrew Says:

    Chris,

    You’re right! Sorry, I was taking notes by what I heard, and it was occasionally hard to hear in the hall. I’ve edited the post.

    Thanks,
    -Andrew

  3. Johnny Parish Says:

    Johnny Hunt will unite the convention? What rock did Ted Traylor crawl out from underneath. Yeah OK maybe he can get some pointers from Barak Obama.
    Sorry for the sarcasim but I have been in 3 conferences involving Johnny Hunt and he is certianly no uniter. I was set back by how he brought up the subject all 3 times I saw him and the way he bent his theology to fit his hatred for the Lords Sovereignty in salvation. May the Lord be glorified somehow thru this.

  4. Barry Says:

    Mr. Parish,

    Would you like to give us more of your illuminating philosophy based on the remark of Obama and unification?

    We’d be happy to hear your specifics in contrasting his skills with those unification skills of the current president.


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