I recently had the privilege of writing a blog post for Together for Adoption on “Adoption, Orphan Care, and the Southern Baptist Convention“. Over the past few months T4A has been working with several Southern Baptist pastors/theologians and The North American Mission Board to develop a partnership that would equip and encourage Southern Baptists to heed the call of orphan care. One of the developments out of this collaborative effort is a panel discussion at the Annual Southern Baptist Convention in June with Russell Moore, Johnny Carr, Tony Merida, and David Platt, click here for more information. In the T4A blog post I explore the early history of the SBC as it relates to adoption and orphan care and conclude with this:
The Southern Baptist Convention is the largest denomination in the United States, with over 44,000 churches in all fifty states, and is now more than 160 years old. If the Church is truly, as Merida and Morton argue, the most powerful force in the world, then we must not remain silent or still. As for the Southern Baptist Convention specifically, according to historian Nathan Finn, the strength and longevity of the convention is evidence that, “…autonomous churches believe that they can accomplish more when they work together than they can as individual congregations.” Imagine what it would look like if the churches in the Southern Baptist Convention developed a passion to minister to the orphans in their own cities and throughout the world. This author is not arguing for another institutional structure to be added to the already bloated convention, but a movement within our own tribe that heeds the call to care for the orphan. Now is the time for resurgence in connecting our orthodoxy to orthopraxy. Like our early Southern Baptist theologians, we need to regain a sense of God’s heart for the helpless. Moreover, we need to consider the model of early Southern Baptists who saw their mission in terms of both evangelization and social outreach to the less fortunate. My hope is that the partnership between Together for Adoption and Southern Baptists will be fruitful in advocating for the poor, marginalized, abandoned, and fatherless.
I encourage you to read the whole thing. You can click here for the blog post, and click here for a PDF of the article. Also, if you plan on being at the Southern Baptist Convention in New Orleans this year come to the breakfast and panel discussion. Here is the official event page.