J. D. Greear to Be Nominated for President of the Southern Baptist Convention

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North Carolina pastor J.D. Greear will be nominated for president of the Southern Baptist Convention, Florida pastor Jimmy Scroggins announced today (March 2).

Greear, 42, “is leading his generation to live out a passion for the SBC, missions and the local church,” Scroggins, pastor of Family Church in West Palm Beach, Fla., wrote in a news release stating his intention to nominate Greear during the SBC annual meeting June 14-15 in St. Louis.

During the 14 years Greear has pastored The Summit Church in Raleigh-Durham, N.C., worship attendance has grown from 350 to just under 10,000, Scroggins said. Total baptisms increased from 19 in 2002 to 928 in 2014, the last year for which statistics are available through the SBC’s Annual Church Profile.

Scroggins said the 149 International Mission Board missionaries currently on the field from The Summit mark the largest total from any church in the convention — a statistic the church told Baptist Press the IMB has confirmed. Greear himself served two years with the IMB among a Muslim unreached people group before being called to The Summit.

Closer to home, The Summit has planted 26 churches in North America during the past five years in conjunction with the North American Mission Board.

Another key emphasis at The Summit is diversity, Scroggins said, with nearly 20 percent of worship attendees in English services coming from non-Anglo ethnic groups. One of the congregation’s nine campuses is Spanish-speaking, and one is located in a prison, the church said. “Nearly half” of the church’s campus pastors and worship pastors are non-Anglo, Scroggins said.

“Believing J.D. Greear is God’s man for the hour who models in his church the best of what a Southern Baptist pastor is all about,” Scroggins wrote, “I eagerly look forward to placing his name in nomination.”

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SOURCE: Baptist Press
David Roach