I still believe the best days of Southern Baptist Great Commission cooperation are ahead of us, not behind us. For this to be reality, at some point the competition must stop, even to the crowd’s disappointment. We must return to fighting with and for one another instead of against one another. If we are to rise to the Great Commission opportunities God has placed before us in the next generation, we’ll have to walk away from the ring shoulder to shoulder, not knowing or caring who won some of these fights. We were cooperators before we were competitors. Let’s resolve today to be cooperators now, too.
Southern Baptist cooperation, especially through seasons of crisis, is evidence of that “spiritual harmony” by which the churches endeavor to secure “the great objects of the Kingdom of God.” Perhaps one thing we need, through the refinement of our day, is a resurgence of Great Commission cooperation: hearts and minds attuned anew to God’s world-wide will, arms locked together for the advancement of the gospel, and feet in rhythmic union marching forward to advance upon on the gates of hell.