Gerald Harris, editor of The Christian Index, interviewed Ed Cliburn recently to get his view on Baptist life in the 21st century. Cliburn, a native of Newnan, served as minister of education of First Baptist Macon from 1954 to 1957 and was then called to be pastor of First Baptist Church of Thomaston, where he faithfully ministered for almost 24 years (1957-1981). He then served on the staff of the Georgia Baptist Convention for nine years.
In November 2013 when Georgia Baptists gathered for their annual meeting, churches brought scores of stuffed backpacks. Responding to the challenge of convention President John Waters, senior pastor of First Baptist Church, Statesboro, Baptists eventually collected 20,906 backpacks destined for children throughout Appalachia.
My first full-time job was teaching high school English, mostly ninth graders, in Tidewater, VA. I taught for two years before moving to New Orleans to attend seminary in preparation for Godís call on my life.
The Open Door By J. Robert White, Executive Director GBC Published January 9, 2014
I have been praying for revival to come to Georgia. Have you been praying for that as well? Revival will not come to our state until we weep over the lostness of Georgia and pray earnestly for the outpouring of the Spirit of God on the people of our state.