LOUISVILLE, Ky. (KT) – Southern Baptist Convention President J.D. Greear is calling for a day of prayer and fasting on Oct. 8 to plead with God that search committees will find God’s men to fill several key leadership positions.
In a letter to state convention executive directors, Greear said he has sensed God is doing something unprecedented.
“With many of the changes we have seen in SBC leadership recently, that sense has only increased,” he said Tuesday.
Greear issued his call to prayer after Dr. Chuck Kelley announced his retirement from the New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. The New Orleans seminary is one of several Southern Baptist entities seeking new leaders, including the International Mission Board, the SBC Executive Board, Lifeway and Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.
“I believe God is up to something that — if we are humble and faithful — can prepare us for greater days of effectiveness for the Great Commission,” he said. “I want us to plead with God that the search committees would seek — and find — God's man to fill each of these important positions.”
Kentucky Baptist Convention Executive Director Paul Chitwood told Greear Kentucky Baptists would join in the day of prayer and fasting.
“Might the Lord show his kindness to Southern Baptists by hearing and answering our prayers yet again,” Chitwood said.
Greear asked that Southern Baptists pray:
· For wisdom for the search committees in assessing what is needed most for effective ministry in the 21st Century
· For boldness for the search committees in asking the difficult questions
· For loving-kindness for the search committees as they interact with one another
· For favor, that God's face would shine upon us as a people — not for our sake, but that Jesus' name would be known to the ends of the earth.
“Thank you for continuing to be faithful partners in ministry,” Greear told state executive directors. “I look forward to praying with you, shaking the throne of heaven and waiting with eagerness to see what our loving Father will do in response. Truly, I believe that he still wants to do more than we could ask or imagine.”