David Platt, a prominent Southern Baptist, recently began serving as an interim teaching pastor at McLean Bible Church after its senior pastor announced that he was going to step down.
Platt currently serves as president of the Southern Baptist Convention’s International Mission Board (IMB) but he stepped up to help the Northern Virginia megachurch while it looks for a new senior pastor to succeed Lon Solomon, who announced in February his decision to step down after over 36 years of leading.
IMB spokeswoman Julie McGowan told The Christian Post that “Dr. Platt and IMB trustees mutually agreed that it would be a good, wise, and right use of his time to be a part of leadership in a local Southern Baptist church. IMB trustees are fully aware and fully supportive of Dr. Platt’s leadership in this church in this way.”
McLean Bible Church was founded as a nondenominational church but according to McGowan, McLean “began cooperating with Southern Baptists in 2016” and is now “the hub for the North American Mission Board’s church-planting efforts in the Washington, D.C., area.”
McGowan further explained to CP: “In accordance with the SBC Constitution, Article III, McLean Bible Church declared its affirmation of a faith and practice in doctrinal harmony with The Baptist Faith and Message, its commitment to become a cooperating church with the Southern Baptist Convention [April 2016], and has contributed to Convention work through the Cooperative Program Allocation Budget.”
The Christian Post asked the megachurch to confirm this but received no response.
The Southern Baptist Convention is the largest Protestant denomination in the country with over 15 million members. The SBC describes its churches as “cooperating” churches, emphasizing that each local church is “fully autonomous and retains its independence” and the denomination “claims no ecclesiastical authority over any local church.” According to the Annual Church Profile, there were 46,793 cooperating churches in the U.S. in 2015.
Since taking the interim position at McLean, Platt has preached multiple messages, his first Sunday morning one being the last Sunday in February and another being on the first Sunday in March.
“I just want you to know, I am honored humbled by the opportunity that God has given me and that you’ve given me to walk alongside, be a part of this journey during these days in this church,” said Platt to those gathered at McLean Bible in his Feb. 26 sermon.
“I have no desire whatsoever on the weekends that I preach to just to come in and preach as an outsider totally detached from what God is doing in this church. I don’t believe that would serve you well and really I don’t believe that would serve me well, either.”
Platt was unavailable for comment.
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SOURCE: The Christian Post