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The Southern Baptist Convention has a rich heritage of cooperation. However, in recent years, the SBC Cooperative Program has suffered significant decline in local church participation, leading some to question if we still believe in its mission. Together on God’s Mission is a plea to all Southern Baptists to reclaim the power of cooperation. For a new generation, Scott Hildreth tells the story of Southern Baptist cooperation, what will be lost if it is dissolved, and reveals how the Southern Baptist Convention is uniquely positioned to take the gospel to the nations.
Number of Pages: 176
Vendor: B&H Academic
Publication Date: 2018
|Dimensions: 9 X 6 X .5 (inches)|
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Daniel L. Akin, president, Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary
"The cooperative partnership of Southern Baptists may not be perfect but it is proven and profound. In Together on Gods Mission, Scott Hildreth provides a timely resource that not only advocates for the financial wisdom of the Southern Baptists Cooperative Program but also advances the theological foundation of this cooperative partnership for a new generation. As an experienced missionary and seminary professor, Hildreth provides a concise and helpful orientation of how churches unite to form a mighty Great Commission coalition as they join together on Gods mission."
Brian Autry, executive director, SBC of Virginia
"From their earliest days, Baptist churches have cooperated together for the sake of kingdom priorities such as missions, education, and public engagement. As Southern Baptists, we cooperate through our structures and strategy, which are linked together in the Cooperative Program. Every generation brings new challenges and fresh opportunities, and as this happens, pastors and other leaders need to be reminded anew of the importance of gospel-centered cooperation among churches of like faith and order (as old-fashioned Baptists used to say). To that end, Scott Hildreth has written a book for such a time as this. Together on Gods Mission gives us the perfect combination of Baptist history, sound biblical exegesis, missional theology, and constructive application."
Nathan A. Finn, dean, School of Theology and Missions, and professor of Christian thought and tradition, Union University
"Scott Hildreth has done Southern Baptists a great service by providing this book. Of particular help, in my mind, is his commitment to help the SBC ground their partnership in theology rather than pragmatics. If you are Southern Baptist and care about cooperative mission, you should read this book."
Micah Fries, senior pastor, Brainerd Baptist Church, Chattanooga, TN
"The perfect primer for getting your mind around the Cooperative Programits unique opportunities, current challenges and the way forward. Dr. Hildreth brings to this book an understanding that comes from years of working inside the system and the passion from having depended on the Cooperative Program while he served on the front lines of global missions."
J.D. Greear, pastor, The Summit Church, Raleigh-Durham, NC
"In this informative book, Scott Hildreth shares from the rich knowledge he has gained as an IMB missionary and a professor of missions at a Southern Baptist seminary. With a succinct overview of how the Southern Baptist Convention came into being and grew to become the strongest Protestant missionary force in existence, Hildreth champions the benefit of a missions funding system that Southern Baptists know as the Cooperative Program. Together on Gods Mission explains why cooperation and personal involvement in missions is the heartbeat of who Southern Baptists have been and still remain. Hildreths work also reveals how those who hold to Baptist distinctives along with their personal convictions can work together in fulfilling the Great Commission. He reminds us that we can function most effectively in reaching the nations when we seek unity under our common statement of faith and around our common cooperative vision. Readers will benefit greatly from Hildreths book, whether or not they grew up in a Southern Baptist church."
Milton A. Hollifield Jr., executive director-treasurer, Baptist State Convention of North Carolina
"In the backward horizon of the Southern Baptist Convention, we can see dark clouds of human sin, but we can also see the lightning of Gods grace. In Together on God's Mission, Scott Hildreth shows us how to spot such grace, and how to respond with gratitude. The book will help a new generation of Baptist Christians learn from our past in order to forge a future of cooperation for mission."
Russell Moore, president, The Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention
"In Together on Gods Mission, Scott Hildreth demonstrates that our convention priorities and our Cooperative Program are not only practical, they are biblical. This book tells the story of the development of Southern Baptist cooperation and shows how our structure and vision fits within Gods global mission. It is well researched and accessible. I commend this book as a valuable tool for students, missionaries, pastors, as well as the masses of Southern Baptists across our convention who are called to share in Gods mission of making disciples of all nations."
Ed Stetzer, Billy Graham Professor of Church, Mission, and Evangelism, and executive director of The Billy Graham Center for Evangelism, Wheaton College.