SBC Executive Committee Chairman Mike Stone addresses the group in Nashville on Feb. 18. BP/Special
NASHVILLE — Names of those serving on an ERLC study task force authorized by the SBC Executive Committee last week have been released.
Two of those names are Georgia Baptists, reported Baptist Press. Cheryl Samples, a member of First Baptist Church in Woodstock, will join the group that will assess the possible impact on Cooperative Program giving by the actions of the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission and its leadership.
Per the recommendation, Emmanuel Baptist Church, Blackshear Pastor Mike Stone will also serve on the committee in his role as SBC Executive Committee chairman.
Other Executive Committee members on the study task force include:
- Ron Hale, interim pastor, Maple Springs Baptist Church in Jackson, Tenn.
- Mike Lawson, senior pastor, First Baptist of Sherman, Texas
- Hoyt Savage, lead pastor, Foothills Baptist Church in Las Vegas and chair of the Cooperative Program Committee
- Monte Shinkle, senior pastor of Concord Baptist Church in Jefferson City, Mo.
- Rolland Slade, senior pastor of Meridian Baptist Church in El Cajon, Calif. and vice chairman of the Executive Committee.
At a press conference following the announcement of the task force’s formation, Stone stressed that while reports of concern factored in the formation of the group, its findings would be determined through uncovering facts.
“What I hope to find is that those facts lead us as Southern Baptists to joyfully and in a unified manner resolve this question so it does not continue to be a potential source of discussion that distracts us from our mission, which is to take the gospel to the ends of the earth,” he said.
Last week, ERLC Chairman David Prince and other members of its board responded with an open letter criticizing the task force’s formation.
The task force is expected to begin work immediately, BP reported. The group has been instructed to report its findings on or before the Executive Committee’s fall meeting, to be held Sept. 21-22 in Nashville.
Scott Barkley serves as editor of The Christian Index.