Summary: The Southern Baptist Convention is currently facing issues that challenge its identity, heritage, and future. In The SBC and the 21st Century, key leaders--including Jason Allen, Frank Page, Ronnie Floyd, Thom Rainer, Albert Mohler, Paige Patterson, David Platt, and Danny Akin--address critical issues such as: Will the SBC grow more unified around shared convictions and mission or will it fragment over secondary concerns and tertiary doctrinal differences? -- Will the SBC be able to maintain a distinct Baptist identity while engaging and partnering with the broader evangelical community? -- Will the SBC be willing to reimagine its structures, programs, and efforts to effectively reach the world for Christ or will it risk being a past-tense denomination?. This volume not only promotes meaningful dialogue, it calls leaders throughout the SBC into action. Extensive thought, research, assessment, and wisdom from some of the SBC's brightest minds have been poured into this volume with the intent of rendering a helpful contribution to SBC life that will propel forward the collective work of Southern Baptists well into the 21st century.--PublisherContent Notes:
Southern Baptist ministry and mission. Kindling afresh the gift of God : spiritual renewal, strategic reinvention, and the SBC / Ronnie Floyd -- The future of the IMB and our collaborative Great Commission work / David Platt -- Every church on a mission : the North American Mission Board in the twenty-first century / Kevin Ezell -- Training the next generation of pastors, ministers, and missionaries : Southern Baptist theological education in the twenty-first century / Jason K. Allen -- Every kindred, tongue, and tribe? : ethnic diversity in the SBC / Daniel L. Akin, Walter R. Strickland II -- Preach the word! : biblical preaching and congregational renewal / Tony Merida -- Guard what is entrusted to you : counsel to a new generation of Southern Baptists / Paige Patterson -- Conclusion / Jason K. Allen.Content Notes:
Southern Baptist doctrine and distinctives. Southern Baptists and the quest for theological identity : unavoidable questions for the twenty-first century / R. Albert Mohler Jr. -- Who are Southern Baptists? : toward an intergenerational identity / David S. Dockery -- More than fifteen million Southern Baptists? : recovering regenerate church membership / John Mark Yeats -- A denomination always for the church : ecclesiological distinctives as a basis for confessional cooperation / Jason G. Duesing -- Downgrade : twenty-first-century lessons from nineteenth-century Baptists / Christian T. George -- Steel-toed Birkenstocks and doctrine-loving Christians : Southern Baptist witness and ethics in the new sexual age / Owen D. Strachan --Content Notes:
Foreword / Russell D. Moore -- Introduction. A never-changing witness in an ever-changing world : the enduring Southern Baptist mandate / Jason K. Allen -- Southern Baptist Convention and Cooperation. The Cooperative Program and the future of collaborative ministry / Frank S. Page -- By the numbers : what SBC demographics tell us about our past, present, and future / Thom S. Rainer -- From Babylon Baptist to Baptists in Babylon : The SBC and the broader evangelical community / Collin Hansen, Justin Taylor -- The future of Baptist State Conventions / Paul Chitwood, John L. Yeats --Notes:
Includes bibliographical references and index.