How Dr. Ronnie Floyd revitalized FBC Ruidoso

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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.

Why the Global Leadership Summit.

I’ve attended 7 Global Leadership Summits. I can’t believe it. This event has helped me more than any other event when it comes to pure leadership learning and development. It a speciality event. Willowcreek Church has an amazing niche going. They have matched Christianity with the business world in an evangelistic way that is appealing yet tender. You should make the Summit a priority in your life, and that of your church. Here’s why.

The Summit is the gift that keeps on giving. 
  • Bill Hybels has taken leadership and inspired the church to be better. He says “everyone wins when a leader gets better.” There are some people who get favor on something and should get your ear. Hybels is that Pastor. He has the gift of leadership. And he passes it on in many ways, but the Summit stands at the top.
  • The Summit makes teams better. Individuals attend and are fed top shelf information. Even when the information is too much, it’s so good that you can’t help but say, “that was good. Amazing research.” The content even when directly unrelated, is indirectly related to a problem I’m having with my own leadership or within our team.
The Summit is the gift that keeps on giving even when it hurts. 

Hybels talk is usually my favorite because he is a pastor and I hear is pastoral voice in his talks. So this year he really gut punched me. He said something like, “how many Summits do you have to attend before you fix the culture of your team?” That hurt. I’ve come to at least three Summits where leadership team culture has been addressed, and I had intentions, but I never leveraged the Summit deep enough into our system to see things change. This is the year that changes. I’m making the move next week. Our staff meetings are doing to be filled with material and discussions that center around the health of our team.

The Summit is the gift that needs to keep on giving through you. 

Even if you didn’t attend the Summit this year, you should engage the Summit. Get the sessions. Listen to what is available on YouTube. I’m making changes now. Simplicity helped me greatly. One thing we will do is bi monthly leadership lunches in 45 minutes that reinforce the Summit content for those in our community who have attended in the last three years we hosted. This will not only extend the Summit better in “land in between” yet will also let us know if we can harness more momentum for the Summit next year (August 10-11, 2017).

Why the Global Leadership Summit? The Summit is the gift that keeps on giving that you can’t afford to not leverage in your life and ministry. The Summit is not my only leadership development source. It is one I value.

The remedy for the arrogance of politics and race.

I have never seen the political scene as bleak as it is now in my adult life. When I was a boy I remember the resignation of President Nixon. It was sad. Today, we have two pretty bad candidates. Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump. We are in a bad place as a nation. We are bad on race and bad on politics. And our approach to both is sad. Many are seeking answers for complex problems with worldly means. Many Christ followers are doing this also. I’m tempted to do it. However, it’s a dead end road.

Police shootings of Black men. Sharp shooting Police officers at rallies. Black lives Matter. All lives matter. The aftermath of slavery into the civil rights movement up into our day. The situation is complex. What’s the answer? I thought race relations would be better under President Obama. they’re not. They are worse. Why? Because he never made it an early priority. He was forced to address it after a litany of Travon Martin type episodes.

We have complex problems. There are two approaches to finding answers. God and the gospel or the ways of the world. The ways of the world: legislation, laws, norms, hopes ands dreams of finding the answers. During the civil rights movement Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was able to leverage the heart of God against the conscience of our nation. Those days are past. Those victories are won. Now our culture has changed. It’s eerily brazen without conscience. What’s the answer to the issues of race and political wars? The other approach is God.

God and the gospel. These are the only ultimate ways to fix the complex issues we face. The world does its thing, but we followers of the King must not trust the world’s method. The gospel is the only hope. It can’t be mixed with culture. Jesus alone. The gospel alone (1 Cor 15:3-4; Gal 2:20) is the only answer. Our elected officials only use God when convenient. Our churches are not preaching Jesus is the answer to our issues because race and politics as application are risky. Yet Christ, and Christ Jesus alone must be presented as the only alternative to our issues.

Trump. Clinton. I laugh at the idea that either of these two are good. They are not. They are both lost. I have no biblical indication either is saved. And they don’t have to be to be president. It’s not required. It’s also not required for me to use their methods. At some point, supporting either is a compromise of the soul. I’m not saying don’t vote. I’m saying when you do, you’re not clean. I’m always amazed at those who act as if there is moral high ground in their candidate. People who act is if they are not biased, but they are.

I vote for Jesus Christ. He is the answer to our problems. The church needs to preach this radically in the next three months. Encourage people with the hope of Christ.

It’s arrogant to assume we can fix the complex problems of our culture by siding with human means to the extent of leaving God out. Let’s avoid that. Humility is a friend. James 4:6 says, “But He gives great grace. Therefore He says: God resists the proud, but give grace to the humble.” And James 4:10 says, “Humble yourselves before the Lord, and He will exalt you.” Stay on your knees. Pride is the enemy. Humility provides the victory.