Charles Stanley -- long-time pastor of First Baptist Church in Atlanta -- and his son, Andy Stanley -- pastor of the Atlanta-area North Point Community Church -- appeared together on the platform of the Southern Baptist Pastors' Conference June 14.
Charles Stanley was honored on the 25th anniversary of his election to a second, one-year term as SBC president; Andy Stanley, who was introduced by his father, delivered a sermon titled "Some things I've been thinking about recently regarding local church leadership."
In a video montage that included several Southern Baptist leaders and pastors, Charles Stanley reflected on the 1985 Southern Baptist convention in Dallas, saying, "It was a very tumultuous time. In fact, it was just warfare. A time of great strife, disagreement, hardship in everybody's life."
Reluctant to allow his name for nomination as president in 1984, Stanley recalled that he had prayed, fasted and enumerated the reasons he couldn't do it -- and cited the others who'd do a better job. But after encountering God in a way "that scared me to death," Stanley relented.
"When there's so much at stake, you don't count the cost," Stanley told the Pastors' Conference audience regarding the Conservative Resurgence. "You just decide you're going to obey God and leave all the consequences to Him. And one thing is for certain: you cannot fail obeying God; there's no way."