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Gramling to be nominated president for SBC Pastors' Conference


NORTH PORT, Fla. (BP) – Troy Gramling, lead pastor of Flamingo Road Church in Cooper City, will be nominated president of the Southern Baptist Pastors’ Conference during its June meeting in Orlando, John Cross, pastor of South Biscayne Church in North Port, announced March 18.

Troy Gramling

Cross told the Florida Baptist Witness he will nominate Gramling because he embodies the Great Commission Resurgence “we’re praying and believing God for … in our churches and convention.”

“Who better to help lead this movement than Troy Gramling, who by God’s grace, has been used of God to lead such a movement in the church he serves as pastor?” said Cross, who is serving in his second year as president of the Florida Baptist State Convention. “I believe Troy would serve us well in helping inspire, equip, and encourage pastors, of all sizes and styles of churches, become more effective in fulfilling Christ’s mission for His church.”

Flamingo Road in a nutshell

• 1,535 baptisms

• primary worship service attendance of 10,000 with 8,200 resident members.

• The congregation gave $12,500, or 0.18 percent, through the Cooperative Program from total undesignated receipts of $6,800,000.

• Total mission expenditures were $518,000, with $10,000 for associational giving. No gifts reported for either the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering for International Missions or the Annie Armstrong Easter Offering for North American Missions.

Source: 2009 Annual Church Profile, Florida Baptist Convention

Gramling is the first announced nominee to lead the Pastors’ Conference, which meets two days prior to the annual meeting of the Southern Baptist Convention. If elected, Gramling would lead the 2011 Pastors’ Conference in Phoenix.

Cross said Gramling has consented to be nominated after “months of praying and seeking wise counsel.”

Calling him an “anointed, visionary, creative leader and preacher of God’s Word,” Cross said Gramling has been “used of God as both a missional church planter in Arkansas and in leading an existing church to becoming missional.”

According to Cross, Gramling’s church has “grown from 2,000 to over 11,000 attendees” under his leadership, which began in 2002 as lead pastor.

Flamingo Road has led the Florida Baptist State Convention in baptisms during the last four years, with 1,535 in 2009, according to the Florida Baptist Convention. The church ranked fifth in baptisms in the Southern Baptist Convention in 2008, according to LifeWay Christian Resources.

“The vast majority of Flamingo Road Church’s growth has been through conversion growth versus transfer growth,” Cross said, noting the church is not in the “Bible-belt.”

According to the church website, Flamingo Road exists in six campuses: three in South Florida – Cooper City, Doral and Hallandale Beach; Pensacola; Lima, Peru; and an Internet-based