It’s late. I can’t sleep. So I’m up reading. Writing. Reflecting.
I’ve meant to write on how Dr. Ronnie Floyd has impacted my view and execution of ministry. Here it goes.
Dr. Ronnie Floyd serves as Senior Pastor of Cross Church. He recently served as President of the Southern Baptist Convention for two years. His tenure as SBC President was nothing short of amazing. Under his leadership, the SBC dedicated Tuesday nights of the convention to 3 hours of prayer for revival. It was nothing like anything I had ever seen before outside of a Life Action Revival. It was powerful. The prayer focus was not just at the convention. It was the praying that led up to the SBC each year. Awesome stuff. And the results were incredible as well.
I had led churches to pray before, but it was not easy. Unfortunately, churches fight against real prayer movements. Yet as the SBC was led to pray, I came home eager to lead our church to pray. And that we did. We started praying in meetings and praying anywhere. We prayed for 30 days up to Resurrection Sunday. It was then that amazing things happened.
- We started seeing a flood of baptisms. Consecutive Sundays we baptized. Stunning.
- We baptized 18 in 2015. We more than doubled our baptisms with 41 this year.
- We started reaching a variety of people, not just one demographic.
- We saw our attendance rise.
- We experienced the Holy Spirit in our services in ways that were supernatural.
The stories are plenty. The homeless man we baptized on Resurrection Sunday. The tattoo artist who got saved and baptized with his girlfriend, and then proposed to her in church the same day. It’s nothing short of revival in our church.
We now have a 12 noon prayer meeting on Wednesdays where there is weeping and sobbing for the souls of the lost. We are praying for El Paso, Las Cruces, Alamogordo, Ruidoso, Capitan, Cloudcroft, Albuquerque, Santa Fe, even Phoenix and Tucson. We are asking God to send revival to the nation through the desert Southwest. From the dry stream beds of the Southwest, “God flood this nation with rivers of living water bringing revival to the church and awakening to the nation.”
Dr. Ronnie Floyd – I’ve meant to say thank you for focusing on what is important. Prayer. Prayer leads to conviction and repentance. Repentance births fresh faith. Faith births courage. Courage moves to evangelism. Evangelism, when prayer driven, produces disciple making.
Thanks for bringing freshness back to our churches. I know it’s the Lord, but God uses conduits. Again, thanks and God bless you Dr. Ronnie Floyd.