February 21, 2018
As a Leadership Conference Planning Committee, after prayer and dialogue, we have decided to cancel the SBC Leadership Conference for this March 16-17. Our intention was to have a conversation about how the Bible teaches us to hear from God. As a committee we have heard some ask questions about how the voice of experience has come to usurp the voice of scripture in our spiritual growth. We thought inviting a decisive voice critiquing recent trends would be a bracing way to spur good dialogue and teaching. However, the announcement of Dr. Phillip Cary’s proposed presentation drew significant controversy in one of our sponsoring conferences and that conference asked us to withdraw the invitation.
Subsequently, the Leadership Conference Planning Committee has decided that proceeding with the presentation was not worth the divisiveness it seemed to incur. We need to be open to being challenged in our thinking but sometimes we also need to ask whether there are better ways to engage in the discussion. We still believe there is value in addressing this topic but we have decided not to pursue it at this year’s Leadership Conference. We want to thank those who gave us feedback, both in support and opposed. For those who have already signed up, you will receive a full refund. May the Spirit give us wisdom.
Leadership Conference Planning Committee