Today, RonnieFloyd.com welcomes guest writer, Dr. Nick Floyd. Dr. Floyd is a Teaching Pastor at Cross Church.
A few years ago, Dr. Jeff Crawford called and asked me about my openness to serve on one of our Southern Baptist Convention seminary boards. At the time, Jeff was the Pastor at Grand Avenue Baptist Church in Fort Smith and was serving on the Southern Baptist Committee on Nominations, which elects people to the different boards across our convention of churches. A few months later, he nominated me to serve as a trustee at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky. I want to share a few of the benefits I have found while being involved on the board of Southern Seminary.
Benefit #1 – Relationships
The one thing I have enjoyed above all else is the relationships I have gained through serving on this board. I’ve had the privilege to be around people I otherwise wouldn’t have if not for this opportunity. I’ve had the chance to sit and watch leaders like Al Mohler and Dan Dumas up close. The common thing these men and others in the administration say to all of us who are trustees is, “Thank you for serving.” I feel like I have gained way more than I have ever been able to pour out. The number one thing I have gained is relationships that I believe will last for years to come.
Benefit #2 – Learning
My knowledge of Southern Seminary was honestly very limited. I did not attend Southern Seminary. I’m a graduate of Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary. I had driven through the campus of Southern Seminary only once when I was in Louisville for something else. I literally did not even get out of the car. When I say I knew little about the seminary, I mean it.
I say all that to point out that one of the greatest benefits of being involved has simply been learning about Southern Seminary. I’ve learned about the history of Southern and the future of Southern. It has been a journey of learning that I have loved. The learning has gone way beyond just simple facts about a seminary in Louisville. I’ve learned things about ministry and leadership that will enhance my own ministry here in Arkansas. For that, I am grateful.
Benefit #3 – Connection
The final benefit has been that I have been able to make the connection that Southern Seminary has with the whole of the Southern Baptist Convention. It’s very easy to attend a Southern Baptist Convention Annual Meeting and never connect the dots between the work and ministries of all of our entities. This opportunity has given me a chance to see that the mission of Southern Seminary is no different than that of our other Great Commission Ministries. It’s the same mission as my own seminary, Southwestern, and all of our other seminaries. It’s the same mission of The International Mission Board and our other entities. This mission is the Great Commission! All of these entities have a unique role to play within the overall mission. What this opportunity has given me is a greater understanding of how it all connects together.
I want to close with a simple encouragement: Get involved. It’s very easy to sit on the sidelines and complain about things going on within the Southern Baptist Convention. I truly believe those who sit on the outside calling for change will be the ones who will never be able to influence change. Change in the Southern Baptist Convention will come from the inside out, not from the outside in. Get involved with one of our entities. Get involved with your state convention or local association. Just like our entities, we all have a unique role to play within the Great Commission. Are you playing your part?
Dr. Nick Floyd
Teaching Pastor, Cross Church