The Weekly Amen is a list of articles, videos, and other resources that I’ve recognized as content we want to “Amen”. This content will come from various platforms and highlight various perspectives on topics that affect the Church’s collective witness and contributes to influencing our emphasis on the Great Commission here at the CGCS
Over the past several years, the culture of the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) has begun to shift as more pastors and leaders desire to see the convention grow in diversity. This is encouraging, as the SBC should not be known as a club for white male pastors, but rather a united body, which reflects the kingdom of God.
Intentional steps are being taken to move the convention forward, though to be sure, there is much work left to do. As the SBC continues to focus efforts and leadership influence toward racial reconciliation and increasing diversity in other ways, another challenge has emerged: how to better engage female leaders in the life of the SBC.
There is a good old saying, perhaps only said by my grandfather, that distance adds intrigue. It is certainly true — just think back to anything that has ever been distant from you that is now near. Your driver’s license. Marriage. Children. Things that used to seem so fascinating, but as they draw near become less mystical and more, well, real.
This same principle certainly applies to mission fields, too. The closer you get to home, the less intriguing the work of sacrifice seems. As someone once said, “Everyone wants to save the world, but no one wants to help Mom with the dishes.”
Courtlandt Perkins is a Masters of Divinity student at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, with an emphasis on Preaching and Pastoral Ministry. Courtlandt and his wife live in North Carolina where he also serves with Kingdom Diversity at Southeastern. He is passionate about making disciples and has aspirations to pastor full time in the future.