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National Day of Prayer Announces Dr. Ronnie Floyd as New President

We want to share with you some very exciting news being announced today across the nation. As you know, National Day of Prayer has been in a period of transition. After seeking the Lord’s leading, and with much godly counsel, our National Day of Prayer Board of Directors is pleased to announce that, effective today, Dr. Ronnie Floyd will assume the role of President of the National Day of Prayer.

As we step into this new phase of carrying on this mission and legacy, we believe that we couldn’t have found a man more passionate or dedicated to prayer and spiritual awakening than Ronnie Floyd. Throughout his life he has demonstrated that he is a leader with a unique calling to unify others to pray for our nation and its spiritual awakening.

We will never know on this side of heaven how many lives have been impacted by this powerful movement of prayer. We are grateful for leaders like Vonette Bright and Shirley Dobson, who provided leadership for decades, and Anne Graham Lotz, who provided leadership in a major time of transition in our ministry. We are confident that Dr. Floyd will build on their legacy, and lead us forward in these turbulent times to become a movement of prayer that goes far beyond a day in May. Never before has our nation needed prayer like we do today, and the need for National Day of Prayer in our nation has never been greater.

Please keep Dr. Floyd in your prayers as he assumes this important leadership role and continues his vital ministry as Senior Pastor at Cross Church in northwest Arkansas. Also, pray for our NDP staff and Board as we move together under Dr. Floyd’s leadership into a new day for prayer in our nation.

Take a moment to read and share the following press release. You can also click on this link to read Dr. Floyd’s article, While Staying at Cross Church as Senior Pastor I am Becoming the President of the National Day of Prayer. Also follow Dr. Floyd at www.ronniefloyd.com.

National Day of Prayer Announces
Dr. Ronnie Floyd as New President 

Dr. Floyd to bring decades of experience and passion for prayer, spiritual awakening, and reaching the world for Christ to the National Day of Prayer. He will remain senior pastor of Cross Church in Springdale, Arkansas.

Colorado Springs, Colo., Tuesday, Aug. 22 — Dr. Ronnie Floyd, senior pastor of Cross Church in Springdale, Arkansas, will serve as the new president of the National Day of Prayer, announced the organization's board of directors today. Dr. Floyd will also continue to pastor Cross Church.

As president of the National Day of Prayer, Dr. Floyd will oversee the national operation of mobilizing individuals, churches, denominations, and organizations to unified public prayer for America throughout the year, which will culminate annually on the first Thursday of May, when the whole country observes the National Day of Prayer.

The National Day of Prayer was created in 1952 by a joint resolution of Congress, and signed into law by President Harry S. Truman. In 1988, the law was unanimously amended by both the House and the Senate and signed into law by President Ronald Reagan on Thursday, May 5, 1988, designating the first Thursday of May as a day of national prayer. Every president since 1952 has signed a National Day of Prayer proclamation.

In 2017, an estimated 2 million Americans participated in over 30,000 events, organized by 40,000 volunteers across all 50 states, to observe the National Day of Prayer. Additionally, the National Day of Prayer was also experienced in some way in over 80 countries of the world. Next year's National Day of Prayer, May 3, 2018, will mark the 30th anniversary of President Reagan signing the the law into effect.

“Without a shadow of a doubt, prayer has always been at the heart of our nation’s founding and history,” said David Butts, chairman of the board of the National Day of Prayer and founder and president of Harvest Prayer Ministries. “The mission of the National Day of Prayer is to mobilize our nation to unified public prayer for America. Our heart is to see a mighty spiritual awakening in America.”

"As we step into a new phase of carrying this mission and legacy, I believe we couldn’t have found a man more passionate or dedicated to prayer and spiritual awakening than Ronnie Floyd," Butts said. "Throughout his life, he has demonstrated he is a leader with a unique calling to lead others to unify together to pray for our nation and the need of spiritual awakening. America is blessed to have him as the new president of the National Day of Prayer.”

Other members of the National Day of Prayer’s board of directors also expressed their support for Dr. Floyd.

“Ronnie Floyd is one of the great Christian leaders in America. I believe he has been uniquely prepared and called by God to give leadership to the National Day of Prayer at this important time,” said Paul Cedar, chairman and CEO of Mission America Coalition

“Dr. Ronnie Floyd has a heart that beats for the very things that mirror the heartbeat of God,” said Dick Eastman, international president of Every Home For Christ. “He radiates a passion for a great Christ Awakening in our nation born out of a sweeping revival of the Church in America unlike ever before.”

Pat Chen, founder and president of First Love Ministries International, Inc., said, “Dr. Ronnie Floyd is a voice to our Nation for healing, unity and spiritual awakening.”

Dr. Floyd, in a letter to his congregation announcing his new role as president of the National Day of Prayer, said, “In this desperate and urgent hour when turmoil and division is evident in America and security threats are being made against America, it is imperative that we do all we can right now to mobilize unified public prayer for America.”

"America’s greatest need today is to experience the next Great Spiritual Awakening, [and] we know that no great movement of God ever occurs that is not preceded by the extraordinary prayer of God’s people," wrote Dr. Floyd. "The National Day of Prayer mobilizes unified public prayer for America."

Dr. Floyd requested his congregation to pray for him daily as he leads the National Day of Prayer and expressed hope in the future of the movement. "God can do more in a moment than we can do in a lifetime," he wrote.

As part of his vision as new president, Dr. Floyd sees the National Day of Prayer becoming a larger multi-denominational, -ethnic, -lingual and -generational movement. He also believes the National Day of Prayer can become America's leading provider of prayer resources and strategies, engaging Americans daily via the digital world. Dr. Floyd's life mission is to help usher America's next Great Spiritual Awakening, with prayer being the driving catalyst of this spiritual movement.

Dr. Floyd, who brings decades of expertise and passion for revival and awakening to the National Day of Prayer, has a long history of leading prayer movements in America.

He was a prominent figure in the Promise Keepers movement of the 1990s and spoke at the organization’s 1997 event “Stand in the Gap,” where an estimated 1.4 million people filled Washington, D.C.’s National Mall. The event is still considered one of the largest religious gatherings in American history.

In June 2014, Dr. Floyd also carried his passion for prayer, revival, and spiritual awakening when he was elected president of the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC), America’s largest Protestant denomination. In his two-term tenure as president of the convention, Dr. Floyd led Southern Baptists to focus on prayer, evangelism, racial unity, repentance, and calling out to God for the next Great Spiritual Awakening. In one of the most striking moments of the 2016 SBC Convention, Dr. Floyd and Dr. Jerry Young, president of the National Baptist Convention, led a panel titled “A National Conversation on Racial Unity in America.” This historic event in Southern Baptist history was recognized by national media and sparked conversations of healing and unity within the movement.

Dr. Floyd also hosts his popular leadership podcast, Ronnie Floyd on Life and Leadership Today, and has written multiple books on leadership and prayer.

Dr. Floyd has pastored the Cross Church congregation since 1986. Today, Cross Church has a membership of over 20,000, making it the largest church in the state of Arkansas and one of the largest in America.

Dr. Ronnie Floyd is available for interviews. Please email MediaInquiries@theKcompany.co or call (202) 810-5530 to schedule an interview.

A photograph of Dr. Floyd is available for download here.

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GIVE YOUR MORNINGS TO GOD

Serving as a pastor of a local church is a difficult job. Each of us need all the help we can get. No one can help us like God. 

A Call to Pastors

In 1980, at an evening session of the Texas Baptist Evangelism Conference in Dallas, I heard the late and great W.A. Criswell challenge pastors to give their mornings to God. The following Sunday, I stood before the small church I pastored, the First Baptist Church of Milford, Texas, and announced my decision to give my mornings completely to God for prayer and study. All these years, I have lived by this firm commitment. I can tell you this: Nothing has ascended my spiritual life and level of leadership more than this allocated time each morning.

Pastors, my call to you is to give your mornings to God.

Pastors, my call to you is to give your mornings to God. Obviously, the Lord Himself must call you to do this, but I believe firmly that since Jesus rose before daybreak to be the Father, we certainly need to do so some in our lives.

My Morning Schedule 

Over the years, on a typical day, my schedule has evolved into getting up at 3:00 a.m. from Sunday through Thursday. If I am traveling, especially across time zones, this schedule may be negotiated. Friday and Saturday are for family and rest, and of course, Sunday is a very different kind of day.

Sunday Morning

On Saturday night, I usually struggle going to sleep, anticipating the day ahead. My goal is to be in bed with lights off by 10:15 p.m., if possible. My alarm goes off at 3:00 a.m., and I head into my office, stopping first to prepare a cup of strong coffee or green tea, grab my iPad, (on which I keep my prayer list), my Bible, and my journal. I begin in prayer, moving into the Word, interweaving with prayer, and journaling a prayer to God — which I’ve done daily since January 1, 1990. I am a big believer in having a spiritual journal.

At 4:45 a.m., I jog on my treadmill for an hour, going over my sermon, praying through it, and talking through it aloud. This is where I move to mastering the sermon. After an hour on the treadmill, I call a prayer partner for a few minutes. I have called this man every Sunday morning since 1989, and it is a practice I strongly encourage pastors to develop. If I am not fasting, I then eat a light breakfast and head for the shower.

By 7:35 a.m. I am on my way to church. After touching base with our leaders for ten minutes, I am in my office for prayer and additional study. By 8:40 a.m., I am on my way to greet church members and guests in an informal setting and by 9:00 a.m., I walk into a prayer room with several men who lay hands on me and pray for the service and me. By 9:10 a.m., I walk into our worship center, greet more people, and begin the worship experience. At the present time, I preach two services, one at our Springdale campus and another at our Pinnacle Hills campus. After the second service, Jeana and I greet people for at least 20 minutes, and we usually leave the campus around 1:00 p.m. I may have a luncheon, but whatever the schedule, I look forward to a brief nap in the afternoon.

Monday Morning through Thursday Morning

Again, the alarm goes off at 3:00 a.m. After water goes on my face and I grab a cup of strong coffee or green tea to help me start the day, I head to my home study. The first 90 minutes of my morning are spent in prayer and the Word devotionally. I reference a long prayer list on my iPad, which continually grows and is updated. I always end with my prayer journal, writing a prayer to God daily.

By 4:45 a.m., I am totally into my sermon preparation. I take this very seriously. For a pastor, there is nothing more important than developing your personal walk, followed by preparation to teach and preach the Word of God. From 4:45 a.m. until 10:30 a.m., with the exception of one hour for exercise and personal fitness, I am in study preparation. Sometimes I will respond to emails if it fits into the moment. If not, I wait. By 10:30 a.m., I am in the shower and by 11:30 a.m., I am on my way to a lunch meeting.

Pastor, there is nothing more important than your personal walk, followed by preparation to teach.

Friday and Saturday Morning

I usually sleep until 6:00 a.m. on Friday and on Saturday. If I am in a writing project, I may still get up at 3:00 a.m. I always begin my day with God for at least an hour. For years, my Friday priority has been Jeana and our family. It is the rare exception that Friday is spent in work and ministry tasks. On Saturday morning, I move into sermon preparation, mainly working on memorizing the sermon. I finish around 9:00 a.m. If it is college football season, I may adjust all this to be done in time for my favorite television program, ESPN’s “College Game Day.” If I need to rest more, I will watch the first hour of their broadcast that day by DVR.

Takeaway for Pastors Today: Give Your Mornings to God!

Giving your morning to God will transform your life and ministry.

Giving your morning to God will transform your life and ministry. Nothing, and I repeat, nothing is more important than your own personal spiritual development and walk with God. It will transform your life and ministry. So pastors, devote yourself to a deep study time, giving yourself to prayer and the study of God’s Word. You are called to lead, feed, and intercede for the people of God. Doing ministry in the power of God is imperative.

Consider this, pastor: How much more could you get done if you got up just one hour earlier for five mornings of the week? That would be five hours of additional time to deepen your walk with God, enhance your study time for sermon preparation, or practically deal with matters that are always hanging on you. God will use it in your life.

One more time as a testimony: Nothing has ascended my spiritual life and level of leadership than this allocated time in the morning.

Now is the Time to Lead,

Ronnie W. Floyd
Senior Pastor, Cross Church

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PEOPLE CHANGE THE WORLD

We believe people change the world. At Cross Church, we value this reality deeply.

Through the years, our fellowship has made sacrifices to forward this belief in our church. For us, it is a non-negotiable that we share passionately and clearly. We value that people change the world so much, we would call it one of our “team colors” of Cross Church.

We believe people change the world. At Cross Church, we value this reality deeply.

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Sending God-Called Leaders to Change the World

I do not know who said it first, because I have heard it said by many for decades: What is important in your church is not your seating capacity, but your sending capacity. While living and leading in a special region of the country known as Northwest Arkansas, our church has learned the value of sending leaders out from our church to change the world.

What is important in your church is not your seating capacity, but your sending capacity.

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I want to focus on the power and influence of sending out God-called leaders from our church to change the world. We see this in Acts 13:2-3 when the church at Antioch sent out Paul and Barnabas. Unquestionably, their influence upon the world in the first century was beyond description, but even to this day, their influence is God-sized.

How is This Possible Here?

For many years, the DNA of our church has included sending out God-called leaders to change the world. Many have come to Christ through this ministry, were called by God into ministry, and sent from here around the world. Others God calls here for a season, not only to help and minister with us, but to be further equipped in leadership and ministry, then sent from here to change the world. Through the years, some have come here injured emotionally from the challenges of ministry, given a safe place to be refreshed and healed, and in God’s timing, sent out to change the world. Another example began four years ago, when we began the Cross Church School of Ministry to place structure and systems to support what God has done through Cross Church for many years. This one-year residential ministry experience prepares leaders for life, ministry, and gospel advancement globally. Yes, we believe people change the world.

4 Unique Illustrations Within the Last Year

Within the last year, we have experienced a unique season, with at least four men from our staff becoming Lead Pastors of dynamic ministries.

Noe Garcia: Lead Pastor, North Phoenix Baptist Church, Phoenix, Arizona. Noe was called here to lead our collegiate ministry. God came down in power and might, using Noe greatly. Many Wednesday night worship services, Noe would preach to 700-1,000 college students. This resulted in him being known nationally as a powerful proclaimer of God’s Word and gifted evangelist. Even though Noe had never served as a pastor, God called him miraculously to the historic North Phoenix Baptist Church.

Dr. Ronnie Parrott: Lead Pastor, Christ Community Church, Huntersville, North Carolina. God used Ronnie to assist Dr. Nick Floyd in launching our campus in Fayetteville, Arkansas. This ministry exploded in growth and influence. After serving there with Nick for several years, we asked Ronnie to walk alongside of me when I was elected President of the Southern Baptist Convention, assisting me in many ways. While Ronnie has never served as a Lead Pastor previously, God began to intervene last summer, moving in Ronnie’s heart to answer the call to be the Lead Pastor of this North Carolina church that has a huge opportunity in the greater Charlotte area.

Julio Arriola: Church Planter, Guadalajara, Mexico. When Julio joined our team almost six years ago, he had just interviewed with the International Mission Board about answering the call to missions. While his heart was set there, God intervened and called him here. This new citizen of the United States became not just our Global Worship Pastor, but the first Mexican-American elected as Music Director for both the 2015 and 2016 Southern Baptist Conventions. Over a year ago, Julio told me God was calling him to Mexico to plant a church in his home city that has millions in population, the city of Guadalajara. From interpreting for me while in the Dominican Republic together and watching him lead, I knew he could preach the gospel. Even though he has never served as Lead Pastor, he left a fabulous opportunity here to proclaim the gospel and become a Lead Pastor and Church Planter.

Dr. Jeff Crawford: Senior Pastor, Grace Baptist Church, Knoxville, Tennessee. This past Sunday, Jeff answered God’s calling to this church as Senior Pastor. While serving with us for thirteen total years, for the past four years, Jeff has served as the first President of our Cross Church School of Ministry and Teaching Pastor. Jeff is a great preacher and God will use him in this very strategic church, not only in Knoxville, but throughout all of Tennessee.

I love these men and their families. They are family not only to Cross Church, but to Jeana and me.

Jehovah Jireh, the Lord our Provider, always meets our needs. He sent us Brian Mills, one of the greatest Student Pastors and leaders in America, to lead our collegiate ministry when God led Noe away. God called Brad Noblitt here, one of the most dynamic and gifted worship leaders, to lead our Worship Ministry at Pinnacle Hills and fill the campus position where Julio was called to lead six years ago. Due to Ronnie’s position being unique in his last two years with us, we have not called anyone to fill his slot at this time. Now, the search will be on to fill the fantastic opportunity to be President of our Cross Church School of Ministry. As always, God will provide.

Closing Challenge

If you are a pastor or a member in a local church, begin to reimagine your future as a church: The influence of your church is not determined only by how many you gather for worship and ministry, but also by who you are sending out to change the world. 

At Cross Church, we believe people change the world.

Now is the Time to Lead,

Ronnie W. Floyd
Senior Pastor, Cross Church

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FACING YOUR FUTURE BOLDLY

Everyone is concerned about the future. Some of this concern is due to a deep desire to be where God can use us greatly. At other times, our concern is motivated by fear. 

Regardless of who you are, the future is always unknown. We are intrigued about the future and always want to know as much as we can about it. 

Scripture teaches us that when we come to the end of ourselves, God is ready to step in powerfully and supernaturally with spiritual breakthroughs. This reality gives us boldness, even in uncertain and troubling times. How can you face your future boldly?

Facing the Future with Humility
1 Peter 5:6 says, “Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, so that He may exalt you in due time” (italics added). This call from God concerning humility means that we are to lay ourselves low before God, to become insignificant and weak before God. Within the context of the entire Scripture, I believe we do that through prayer and fasting. A decision to fast is a decision to humble yourself before God. If you want to face your future boldly, nothing creates holy, humble boldness more than prayer and fasting. 

 

Facing the Future in Desperation
Ezra 8:21–23 says, “I proclaimed a fast by the Ahava River, so that we might humble ourselves before our God and ask Him for a safe journey for us, our children, and all our possessions… So we fasted and pleaded with our God about this, and He granted our request” (italics added). Desperation is not bad. In fact, I believe God creates it at times within our hearts and lives. I want to challenge you to face your future with desperation for God to work in your life. I believe God will meet you at the point of your desperation for Him. 

 

Facing the Future against All Odds
The drama recorded in 2 Chronicles 20 speaks of how King Jehoshaphat proclaimed a fast so the people would seek the Lord for guidance, direction, and, most of all, protection. They were surrounded by their enemies but against all odds, they prayed and fasted, requesting God to move miraculously. God answered their prayer and saved them by His mighty power. They needed a breakthrough and God gave them one! When you are up against all odds, pray and fast. Do not shy away when the circumstances seem hopeless. That is exactly the kind of situation God loves to move in among us. 

 

Facing the Future with Good Company
King David fasted. God filled him with hope. Jonah fasted. God gave Nineveh a revival. John the Baptist fasted. He preached with power and fire! Jesus fasted. Everywhere He went and everyone He touched were never same. The apostle Paul fasted. No one, other than Jesus, had a greater influence on the church of Jesus Christ not only in his generation but in the generations following. What more do I need to say? If fasting and prayer were good enough for these men, how can you walk away from them? You cannot dismiss prayer and fasting. God calls everyone to practice prayer and fasting, often in different ways and for different times. The issues are not how long, or should I, but when. God wants us to pray and fast.

 

Facing the Future with Power
In Matthew 17, Jesus told His disciples that if they wanted to move mountains, they would have to believe. Then He shared with them that demonic forces and major obstacles cannot be overcome without prayer and fasting! What an incredible statement. Special power for a specific need comes only through prayer and fasting. What a superb statement and reality taught to us through Jesus’ life. Therefore, when we pray and fast, we face the future with supernatural power! I challenge you right now: face your future with God’s power! Practice it. Do it! When you pray and fast, the powerful presence of God will accompany you and wake up in you like never before.

 

Now What?

It is more than obvious that God wants you to face your future boldly. In my book The Power of Prayer and Fasting, I share how you can face the future boldly with God. 

Whether you read my book or not is not important. But reading God’s book, the Bible, is imperative. You best walk toward your future when you have a Word from God in your heart and a prayer proceeding out of your mouth that stands on this eternal Word of God. This is called faith. 

Now is the Time to Lead,
Ronnie W. Floyd

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Why Spiritual Awakening?

In March, I spent three full days in Cuba. It was an intense few days, attending their Missions Congress, meeting with leaders, and delivering the final message for this significant gathering.          

For over a year, God has placed in my heart a deep desire to go to Cuba. I had heard from a few people about the great work of God that was going on there. And after hearing some of the Cuban leaders at the 2014 Annual Meeting of the Southern Baptist Convention, I knew I wanted to go there soon.  

SPIRITUAL AWAKENING IS OCCURRING IN CUBA NOW

I believe spiritual awakening is when the Lord’s presence and power comes upon a section, region, or even an entire country, resulting in an unusual number of people coming to Christ, the church growing, and churches being planted exponentially. Historically, there are even times when the culture is affected dramatically. 

Let me tell you the story of what God has done and is doing in Cuba today. In 1960, there were 210 Cuban Baptist churches. In 1990, there were 238 churches. There was a growth of twenty-eight churches in thirty years. 

Then God came in power, resulting in a supernatural demonstration of His glory through His church.  What happened? 

From 1990 through 1993, Cuban Baptists planted twenty-eight churches. In three years, they were able to do what had previously taken thirty years.

In 1992, Cuban Baptists implored a Cuban government official for permission to build new churches to accommodate the growing crowds flooding the churches. The government official asked them, “What is it with you Baptists and your buildings?  Can’t you pray in your houses?” So, they did. God used this to explode the work of the Gospel across Cuba.

Over the next year, the churches in the Western Convention of Cuba began 237 house churches (and 94 missions), and by the first time the churches in the Eastern Convention reported in 1995, they had 806 house churches. 

THE FINAL REPORT IN 2014 RECORDED THE FOLLOWING FACTS OF WHAT GOD IS DOING:

  • 1,051 Convention recognized churches
  • 1,658 Mission churches, which are all New Testament churches
  • 6,070 House churches or Houses of Prayer

TODAY, THIS IS THEIR REALITY REPORT: 

  •  8,779 Total number of churches, a growth from 238 churches in 1990
  • 445 Ordained pastors lead and care for these 8,779 churches
  • 48,974 Professions of Faith
  • 2,239 Home Missionaries
  • Paperwork is being completed now to send missionaries outside of Cuba for the first time in fifty-four years. 

Unquestionably, God is miraculously at work in Cuba. It is one of the greatest works of God in the entire world, joining other nations like China, India, and a few others where the Lord is exploding His Church! Modern historians note this new living realty since awakening has come to Cuba: Church is not just a part of their life, but church is their life!

Interestingly, I also observed in this awakening an incredible environment of worship. These Christ-followers in Cuba sing their hearts out with all their might, giving glory to God. They also love the Word of God and cherish it as a treasure. Their spirit is sweet, resulting in an engaging countenance.

Yes, they have their own challenges as a result of this God-sized growth, but their challenges are being addressed with a confidence that God is able and will see them through. 

You can read more about this spiritual awakening in Dr. Kurt Urbanek’s book entitled, “Cuba’s Great Awakening, Church Planting Movement in Cuba”. 

A DISTINGUISHING MARK OF THEIR AWAKENING

For almost three days, these Cuban Baptists were challenged to go to the ends of the earth. This Missions Congress, held in the region of their Eastern Convention, attracted some participants from the west. In fact, many came from the western part of the country, traveling eighteen hours in the back of large trucks in order to attend this gathering.  

I was asked to address their Missions Congress with the final message. I was privileged to extend a public call to these adults to leave their families in Cuba and give their lives, counting the cost, to go to the ends of the earth as missionaries. 

After preaching from the book of Acts through my interpreter, Jason Carlisle, the Leader of Hispanic Mobilization for our International Mission Board, I extended the call clearly and boldly, laying the charge before them. Miraculously and supernaturally, between 150 and 200 adults responded to this call to go to the ends of the earth. Pastor Rev. Aníbal Hernández Durán, who concluded his tenure as Executive Director of the Missions Board at this event, wrote to their churches last week, “We can consider this congress as the great beginning of the world missions awakening of Cuban Christians.” 

It was remarkable, and something that had nothing to do with me, but only with God Himself and what He is doing in and through Cuban Baptists. I will never forget this experience!  

I am more than aware that I could have preached the same message with the same intensity in our own country, and we would’ve been satisfied if even one person surrendered to go to the nations.

What I do know is: When God shows up, everything changes because God can do more in a moment than I can do in lifetime. 

THIS IS WHY WE NEED THE NEXT GREAT AWAKENING IN AMERICA

Since my election as President of the Southern Baptist Convention on June 10, 2014, I have called us to come together now in clear agreement and visible union in extraordinary prayer for the next Great Awakening and to reach the world for Christ. Additionally, as I have traveled, I have carried this message endlessly. Besides articles about this call, I released a free 16-page e-book last fall, giving specific actions we can take now personally and in our churches. 

This is why our 2015 Southern Baptist Convention in Columbus, Ohio, is so important. We need our Southern Baptist family together now in order to call out to God together like never before for the next spiritual awakening in America and for the world to be reached for Christ. 

Here is our reality: While Cuban Baptists travel in the back of large trucks for eighteen hours to be together for the Gospel, we think of reasons we cannot and should not make any sacrifice or adjustment of our schedule to be at our own 2015 Southern Baptist Convention. 

Some may be saying to themselves, “Ronnie, give me one good reason to come.” There is a simple answer: The spiritual condition of our churches is represented through the sad spiritual state of our nation while the lostness of our nation and around the globe increases exponentially.

This is why we need to come together in Columbus on June 16-17, calling out to God like never before for the next Great Awakening and for the world to be reached for Christ. This is why we are designating the entire Tuesday evening session to A National Call For Prayer to All Southern Baptists for the Next Great Awakening and to Reach the World for Christ. 

There is still time to plan to come to Columbus. Pray for Columbus. Pray for spiritual awakening in America. 

Billy Graham was right when he said, “An awakening can bring about evangelization of the world in our generation!"

-Ronnie Floyd

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