Mike Stone, pastor of Emmanuel Baptist Church in Blackshear, Ga., and immediate past chairman of the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) Executive Committee (EC), will be nominated for SBC president at the 2021 SBC Annual Meeting, per an announcement Jan. 13 by fellow Georgia pastor Kevin Williams.
“At this critical moment in our history, Southern Baptists need to be led by a trusted local church pastor with strong convictions about the sufficiency of scripture, a passion for evangelism, and deep experience in the work of our convention,” said Williams, the current Georgia Baptist Convention (GBC) president and pastor of First Baptist Church of Villa Rica, Ga. “Pastor Mike Stone is a trusted leader among Georgia Baptists and I believe he is the kind of experienced pastor and statesman Southern Baptists need.”
The announcement did not disclose who would nominate Stone at the annual meeting, which is scheduled to be held June 15-16 in Nashville.
Stone, a member of the steering council of the recently formed Conservative Baptist Network, served for five years on Emmanuel’s staff before becoming pastor in 2002. Since then, Emmanuel has averaged 9% given annually through the Cooperative Program (CP) and contributed approximately $2.5 million through December 2020. According to the Georgia Baptist Mission Board, Emmanuel increased its giving in 2020 to $226,097 of its $2.1 million (10.4%) in undesignated receipts through CP, after giving $103,217 (of $2,296,887; 4.5%) in 2018 and $27,614 (of $2,195,116; 1.3%) in 2019.
Stone is the second announced nominee for SBC president, joining Southern Baptist Theological Seminary President R. Albert Mohler Jr. Stone told Baptist Press (BP) he spoke with Mohler Wednesday morning.
“I did not seek this out; I feel like it’s a case of the position seeking the person,” Stone said. “But God confirmed this in my heart and my wife’s heart through a set of circumstances. As I shared with Dr. Mohler this morning, I’m not running in opposition to anyone, but being obedient to God to what I sense is His call on my life.
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SOURCE: Biblical Recorder