Our buddy Jay Adkins was elected overwhelmingly on the first ballot to be First Vice President of the SBC.
There were 12,715 messengers registered, and 3782 voting at the end of the day.
Jay received 2343 votes, for 63.27% of the votes.
Dusty Deevers, the surprise candidate, received 784 votes, for 20.73%.
Gevan Spinney received 581 votes, or 15.52%.
We, here at SBC Voices, are thrilled for our brother Jay!
The results of the ballot votes to uphold the rulings of the EC to dismiss three churches from being considered as in friendly cooperation from the SBC were also announced, and were also – in this writers view, somewhat shocking. I predicted the Fern Creek vote might be 85% or greater, but thought the other two would be much greater. Here are the results.
All three votes overwhelmingly sustained the EC rulings.
Fern Creek – There were 9700 yes votes (91.85%) and only 806 no votes.
Freedom Church – There were 9984 yes votes (96.96%) and 343 (3.31%) no votes.
The CBN and some other groups have come out against our efforts to oppose sexual abuse and the work of the task force, so I thought there might be more protest votes on this one. Dean Inserra’s speech was effective.
Saddleback – There were 9432 yes votes (88.46%) and 1212 no votes (11.36%).
This one also surprised me. Honestly, I talked to a lot of people who felt that Rick Warren’s approach was not helpful. There might have been a better chance had he used slightly different tactics.
I was not surprised at these outcomes, but on the Saddleback and Freedom church votes, the margin did surprise me just a bit.