Is Jerry Rankin a Moderate?

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  1. Jimmy C

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    No , of course he is not, but he is having to put up with the same mud slinging as moderates have had to put up with over the last few years. See the folloing artilce for APB - bet you wont see this reporting in Baptist Press!
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    Rankin, trustees answer charges IMB not conservative enough
    November 21, 2003 - Volume: 03-106

    By Mark Wingfield


    LEXINGTON, Ky. (ABP) – In response to criticism from a seminary missions professor, the president and trustees of the International Mission Board defended the agency's actions and insisted its mission will not be "compromised."
    A paper written by Keith Eitel of Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary and mailed to IMB trustees by Paige Patterson, president of Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, drew a strong response from IMB President Jerry Rankin.

    Although Rankin and his critics all support the conservative movement that has risen to power in the Southern Baptist Convention, Rankin has found himself defending the IMB against charges it is not conservative enough.

    In the paper, Eitel accuses Rankin and other IMB administrators of failing to be doctrinally stringent enough. He specifically cites concerns about partnerships with other Great Commission Christian groups that require lesser doctrinal adherence and the role of women in missions leadership.

    During a Nov. 10-12 meeting in Lexington, Ky., IMB trustees adopted two statements in response to the Eitel paper.

    The first statement, which was adopted without discussion or dissent, affirmed "the strategies and leadership" of the board and resolved "to review the concerns and the issues raised and take appropriate action to guarantee that the vision to lead Southern Baptists to reach the world for Christ is not compromised."

    The second statement, also adopted unanimously, affirmed an initiative by Rankin to arrange for a meeting of IMB staff and trustees with Eitel and Patterson "to resolve misunderstandings and perceptions communicated in Eitel's assessment of the International Mission Board vision and strategy."

    Rankin said he would write Patterson "to seek an explanation as to why he would cast aspersion on our board relative to the conservative resurgence." Trustees of the IMB are "God-fearing, Bible-believing men and women, products of the conservative resurgence within our convention," Rankin declared. Yet, "our staunch embracing of and adherence to the Baptist Faith and Message is not considered adequate from your perspective."

    A letter from Rankin to Eitel countered the criticisms as "unfounded" and questioned why they were circulated without first coming to the board's leadership for a response.

    Rankin acknowledged in the letter, however, that he was pleased finally to learn "the source of rumors that have plagued the IMB in recent years."

    He said "myths" about the IMB have been perpetuated by the Baptist General Convention of Texas, Mainstream Baptists, Texan David Currie and employees of Southeastern Seminary.

    "I had wondered why so much criticism of our program and policies, disrespect of leadership and even threatened litigation was being generated by students from Southeastern," Rankin told Eitel. Another memo written by Eitel to an IMB staff member "clearly indicates that they were being programmed to hear certain distortions out of context and encouraged to engage in a subversive response."

    Eitel's criticisms have endangered collaborative efforts between Southeastern Seminary and the IMB, Rankin said. "It is hard to see how we can continue such a partnership when disrespect for leadership and policies is being nurtured, non-biblical subversive behavior is encouraged and blatant disregard for truth is propagated."

    In the seven-page letter, Rankin countered point-by-point each of Eitel's criticisms.

    He denied the IMB is placing less emphasis on theological training for mission workers, as Eitel suggested. He insisted on the importance of using short-term volunteers in contemporary missions work. He defended the training techniques and staff of the Missionary Learning Center. And he defended partnerships with other Great Commission Christians as a paradigm shift "that has been blessed of God to enhance unprecedented impact on a lost world."

    "The reality is that many of these Great Commission Christians are far more conservative in their doctrine than Southern Baptists have been and would not have accepted us into partnership with them until recent years."

    Rankin also defended the role of women in mission leadership.

    "We fully recognize the biblical limitation of women holding a church office, such as pastor, that clearly represents spiritual authority in a local congregation," Rankin said. "However, to extrapolate that limited application to deny women the freedom to practice their giftedness and calling as a part of a team seeking to reach a segment of the lost world goes beyond biblical teaching."

    In other action, IMB trustees adopted a trimmed-back $258.9 million budget for 2004, elected a new executive vice president and appointed 67 new workers for service in 29 countries.

    They also heard a five-year evaluation of the "New Directions" emphasis that shifted the board's missions focus from geographical countries to ethno-linguistic people groups. A trustee committee compiled the information from a survey of overseas personnel.

    Now called "Strategic Directions for the 21st Century," or SD-21 for short, the emphasis organized missionaries into teams focused on specific people groups, with a goal of sparking church-starting movements and taking the gospel to those previously neglected by Christian missions efforts.

    The survey found:

    -- The number of people groups engaged by IMB personnel has more than doubled to 1,371.

    -- Seven church-starting movements have been confirmed and 42 others reported.

    -- A 29 percent growth in the IMB missionary force over the past five years is the greatest in board history.

    -- The focus on multiplying churches within people groups has resulted in an increase of almost 71 percent in the number of churches worldwide, a 95 percent increase in the number of outreach groups and the baptism of more than 1.8 million believers.

    The research also identified concerns about supervision and training of strategy coordinators.

    The IMB's 2004 budget cuts almost $20 million in operating expenses from the current year's spending plan. Additional budget funds are allocated to capital needs that will not be spent unless funds are received. The financial plan also sets a Lottie Moon Challenge budget of $17 million.

    The plan anticipates receiving $96.2 million through the Cooperative Program unified budget and $133 million through the 2003 Lottie Moon Christmas Offering. It also projects $16.4 million from investment income.

    To protect missionary outreach from budget cuts, the financial plan reduces stateside spending by 14 percent and overseas spending by 2.12 percent. The budget includes no salary increases for missionary personnel or stateside employees.

    Trustees elected veteran missionary and administrator Clyde Meador to fill the executive vice president's position vacated by the resignation of John White in June.

    Meador, an Arkansas native who grew up in New Mexico, and his wife, Elaine, were appointed to missionary service in 1974. He served as a general evangelist, theological teacher and mission administrator in Indonesia before accepting leadership of a team of itinerant missionaries that looked for opportunities to share the gospel in countries closed to traditional missionary presence.

    - With additional reporting by Mark Kelly of the IMB
     
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    I have a letter from him dated some years ago and I will tell you that it is not the same as what he states today.

    He is a chameleon. So are many others in the SBC, It is a political football. I have seen first-hand some who have changed to fit the popular beliefs of the current leaders.
     
  3. go2church

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    I read where Rankin is "in trouble" with a few ultra ultra right-wingers in the SBC, but a moderate, I think not!

    What we have here is the conservatives trying to out conservative one another. It is happening, once all the "liberals" where booted out the SBC leadership is beginning to eat their young!
     
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    The ignorance on these posts concerning this subject is tragic!
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  5. Baptist Believer

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    Then please enlighten us. [​IMG]
     
  6. Jim1999

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    So, who is Jerry Rankin when he is at home? We foreigners get a chuckle when you bring up these unknown names.

    We haven't a clue wot you are on about and I wonder at times if any of you know wot moderate, liberal and even conservative means; I don't.

    Cheers,

    Jim
     
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    Rankin is the head of the SBC's International Mission Board (IMB) the forgien mission sending agency of the SBC. A prof at Southeastern Seminary in North Carolina wrote a paper saying that Rankin is not conservative enough in his leadership of IMB. Pope Paige seems to have agreed with the Southeastern prof and caused a rift in the SBC leadership.
     

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