LOUISVILLE, Ky. (BP) – Citing a desire to serve as a uniter amid turbulent times, Southern Baptist Theological Seminary President R. Albert Mohler Jr. said he has agreed to accept a nomination to serve as SBC president at the 2021 SBC Annual Meeting.
Mohler is expected to be nominated by H.B. Charles, senior pastor of Shiloh Metropolitan Baptist Church in Jacksonville, Fla. Almost a year ago, Charles announced his intention to nominate Mohler for president at the 2020 Annual Meeting, which was canceled in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
“It’s basically just a year’s delay,” Mohler said, adding that his reasons for agreeing to be nominated in 2021 remained largely the same.
“My entire life has been in the Southern Baptist Convention,” Mohler told Baptist Press. “I’ve spent my entire adult life trying to help Southern Baptists. And I hope to do that, if allowed by the convention, in order to bring together Southern Baptists – associations, state conventions and at the national level, and pastors and churches – into a deeper commitment to what Southern Baptists believe and our cooperative mission together.”
In October 2019, announcing via Twitter his intent to nominate Mohler at the 2020 SBC Annual Meeting, Charles cited “serious challenges from our culture, along with incredible opportunities for [G]ospel witness,” and that he believed Mohler was “the statesman leader we need at this precise moment. Southern Baptists know and trust (Mohler). He’s a proven leader in our convention, capable of uniting us behind our shared commitment to biblical truth and the urgency of the Great Commission.”
The 2021 SBC Annual Meeting is scheduled for June 15-16 in Nashville. Mohler called the cancellation of the 2020 annual meeting, while unavoidable, “a real loss for the SBC, just in the sense that our cooperation is strengthened by relationships.”
“When we can’t build those relationships and Southern Baptists can’t be together, it weakens our unity,” he said. “We’ve got to spend time building those relationships. These strains are being experienced by local churches. We understand that. We’ve got to pull together.”
Mohler believes the SBC’s challenges include a generational shift in denominational and pastoral leadership amid a rapidly shifting external culture.
“Like every major denomination, [the SBC] faces big questions of mission and conviction and vision looking to the future,” he said. “We are also in a period of increased secularization with all kinds of new challenges addressed to Christians. We’re undergoing massive demographic changes as a nation. That affects our mission field.
“There are also some theological, convictional issues on which some clarification is needful in order for Southern Baptists to move forward together.”
Click here to read more.
Source: Baptist Press