Ronnie Floyd Resigns From Pastorate of His Arkansas Church as He Prepares to Lead Southern Baptist Executive Committee

Ronnie Floyd, president-elect of the Southern Baptist Convention Executive Committee, included Acts 20:24 in his April 7 sermon announcing his resignation as senior pastor of Cross Church in northwest, Arkansas. Cross Church photo

Ronnie Floyd had told his wife Jeana not to worry. Jeana couldn’t shake a feeling that one of five Southern Baptist Convention entities seeking presidents at that time would recruit her husband to the helm.

“We’re happy,” Floyd reassured her. “It’s not going to happen. God is moving, all is well.”

Months later as he and Jeana were completing Floyd’s second interview with a search committee charged with finding a new president and CEO of the SBC Executive Committee, the conversation between the husband and wife of 42 years was different.

“She said well, ‘’We’re moving to Nashville,'” Floyd told his pastorate April 7. “And I said you may be right.”

In resigning his pastorate at Cross Church in northwest, Ark., Floyd recounted a providential turn of events that began before the fall of 2018 when the SBC EC contacted him, and hinging greatly on quiet times with the Lord in March of 2018.

On March 4, 2018, Floyd said, God led him to begin praying daily Isaiah 6:8.

“I don’t understand it to this day, but I get it more and more day by day,” Floyd said. “But God began to impress on my heart that I needed to pray the words of Isaiah 6:8 day by day. And for 13 plus [months] I’ve said those words to God every day. Lord, here am I, send me.

“I would have never ever imagined that it would mean a change in my calling, a change in position and a change in location.”

Floyd agreed April 2 to serve as president and CEO of the SBC EC, and to resign the pastorate he has held nearly 33 years.

“The question I’ve been asked from time to time already, ‘How did I determine this radical change in calling, position and location? How did you determine that it is God’s will for your life?'” Floyd said. “I have an answer to that: God moments — points in time when God not only defined my life, but also turned my life towards God’s directions, God’s plans and God’s will for my life.”

He and Jeana sought the Lord’s guidance for weeks in “a whole new, high intentional level like we had not done.”

His prayers since last year have included:

— “Father I surrender [to] whatever your will, wherever your will and however your will. Let it be done according to your prayer and will.”

— “Holy Spirit, I surrender my will to Jesus Christ my Lord absolutely and irrevocably,” Floyd borrowed a prayer from the writings of Oswald Chambers. “Complete death to self has to occur,” Floyd told Cross Church, “in order to really hear God really speak to us.”

“God gave Jeana and me God moment after God moment that led us to God’s will,” Floyd told his congregation. “So here we are.”

Floyd called those moments “stones of remembrance,” preaching from Joshua 4:1-3 when God instructed Joshua to take a stone from the bed of the Jordan River as a remembrance for each of the 12 tribes of Israel.

Floyd had reconstructive surgery Dec. 14 to treat basic skin cancer and sun damage through the years and was secluded from the public for five weeks to allow the surgery to heal properly. He engaged in a complete fast Jan. 1–21 and sought God’s guidance.

“My entire life was private: Jesus, me and Jeana,” Floyd said in his sermon posted on the Cross Church Facebook page. “God uses all things. … God was preparing my heart for this ultimate calling in my life. God uses everything we walk through in life in order to prepare us for what He has ahead of us.”

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Source: Baptist Press