Last week I was invited to participate in a meeting led Dr. David Uth – Senior Pastor of First Baptist Curch of Orlando and current president of the Florida Baptist Convention. There was a total of 10 pastors in the room…among them 5 senior/lead pstors of Florida megachurches and 3 former presidents of the Florida Baptist Convention. Several of them sit on national ministry boards and a couple were repeat keynote speakers at some of the top conferences in the country. Many had been in ministry for 30+ years. All of them were consistently baptizing people far from God year after year. They came from different backgrounds, led churches with different styles, obtained different levels of education and pastored in towns with different cultures. The one trait that they all had in common…the one that I was constantly reminded of as they spoke throughout the meeting…was humility.
Here were a group of credentialed, well-respected, highly educated men that were leading churches that consistently set baptism records in the State of Florida. They had every right to pat themselves on the back…to expect respect and honor from those in the room…to be in place of authority over others. Yet every word…every action…every thought they shared that day…was done with great humility. Every single one of them had one fear in ministry…that their own pride would cause God to take His hand off of what was going on in their cities and churches. They started each day in prayer being broken before God…and in His Word being desperate to hear His voice.
It is easy to see why God was using them in mighty ways throughout the state. It was easy to see why their churches were reaching hundreds…if not thousands…of unchurched people each year. God wasn’t moving in their midst because of style, structure, strategy, education or talent. He was moving because of their humility.