Suzii Paynter of Austin, Texas, has been named candidate for the position of Executive Coordinator of the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship. That’s a bold move for CBF, and one that is probably overdue.
Women have always been the driving force behind missions in Baptist life. They are the ones who have taught us about missions, asked us to pray for our missionaries, and promoted the annual missions offerings. Suzii has done all those things in her Baptist life, but she has also paid attention to the way the world is changing. We live in a world where young people, especially, are not content to let someone else do missions for them—they want to do it themselves, they want to get their hands dirty helping others.
“The era of the passive listener is over,” Suzii says.
That’s a strong endorsement of the thinking behind KOH2RVA, our year-long, every-member mission trip. We’re not only asking our members to support and pray for career missionaries in other places, but to become missionaries right here where we are—to roll up their sleeves and go to work in this place that we love, this place where we live.
I hope you will take the six minutes and 52 seconds required to watch the entire video and get to know Suzii Paynter a little better. She will be visiting First Baptist Church on April 21 and staying for lunch in our dining hall afterward to talk with anyone interested in knowing more about her, about CBF, or about a new way of doing missions. If you’d like to come let me know by sending an email message to email@example.com and typing “CBF Lunch” in the subject line.
I’ll save a place for you at the table.