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Frank Page addresses Cooperative Program future at conference

 

JACKSON, Tenn. (BP) — Though “cautiously optimistic” about the future of the Cooperative Program, Southern Baptist Convention President Frank Page said legitimate concerns must be addressed if the CP is to remain effective.

Page, pastor of First Baptist Church in Taylors, S.C., addressed the opening session of Union University’s Feb. 15-17 Baptist Identity Conference exploring the theme “Convention, Cooperation and Controversy.”

“If it is our desire that everything we’re doing this for is the furtherance of the gospel, then I believe the future will be bright indeed,” Page said, then noting, “We’ve got some issues that need healthy, Christ-like dialogue and debate.”

Southern Baptists must examine their methodologies and determine whether the Cooperative Program needs to be changed in some ways, Page said, acknowledging that it isn’t perfect and saying it’s time to ask crucial questions and adjust it to ensure its future viability.