Baptist Press reported: Johnny Hunt to lead NAMB evangelism leadership group
The group Hunt will be leading will be focused on championing the cause of evangelism among Southern Baptist churches and pastors. It will also equip pastors with tools and leadership skills that will allow them to lead their churches to become more evangelistically active.
NAMB critics should be satisfied with this, since they have found NAMB’s lack of an evangelism staff to be a profitable route to gripe about the SBC’s declining baptism numbers. Predictably, no evidence links the two unless you are a big fallacy fan.
I like what NAMB is doing and support the move. Perhaps NAMB can move the needle on evangelistic results for the entire SBC. No doubt Hunt, with a long record of entrepreneurial, creative, and effective church leadership has ideas this hacker and plodder, semi-retired pastor doesn’t have. Let’s see what they are.
But I’m not sold on major changes being driven by national leadership no matter how high the profile. At least it will be a simple matter to judge Hunt’s success: either baptisms go up or they don’t. Conferences held, times preached, evangelistic tools sold…all those are secondary. We baptize more or we don’t. One suggestion, find a way for NAMB to encourage greater family size, more kids. That would do it.
Manifestly above my pay grade but this is how we do things in our Grand Convention. My prayers for his success.