Southern Baptists to Hold Good Friday Prayer Gathering Online

NASHVILLE (BP) — Earlier this week, Ronnie Floyd, president and CEO of the SBC Executive Committee, announced an SBC Good Friday Online Prayer Gathering. Today (April 3), Floyd announced the addition of SBC president J.D. Greear, former SBC president Steve Gaines, IMB president Paul Chitwood and NAMB president Kevin Ezell to the slate of guests joining Floyd for the online event.

The call to prayer — hosted by Floyd along with his wife, Jeana — comes during a time of great uncertainty in America as people look for answers to the COVID-19 global pandemic.

“The greatest resource for the Great Commission is not our money nor even our missionaries. It’s the Spirit of God,” Chitwood said in a statement. “We access that resource through prayer. Now is the time to pray!”

Noting the social distancing protocols many churches are facing, Ezell said, “Nothing replaces being together physically better than being together in prayer. We are stronger together and that is never demonstrated better than when we pray. I’m grateful for our SBC family and can’t wait to see the many ways God will this time to bring us together and help us move forward on mission.”

The full list of participants joining the Floyds for the event include:

— Julio Arriola, executive director of Hispanic relations and mobilization for the SBC Executive Committee

— Marshal Ausberry, SBC first vice president and senior pastor of Antioch Baptist Church in Fairfax Station, Va.

— Jacob Boss, affinity leader for European peoples at the International Mission Board

— Paul Chitwood, president of the International Mission Board

— Kevin Ezell, president of the North American Mission Board

— Donna Gaines, pastor’s wife and founder and president of ARISE2Read in Memphis, Tenn.

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Source: Baptist Press