Truly, we are saddened to hear that David Platt is transitioning out of his role at the International Mission Board. His passion in preaching the gospel and calling for limitless missionaries has inspired many from all walks of life to fulfill God’s call to reach the nations with the gospel – including personal friends of ours. David’s focus on the glory of Christ has been an inspiration to us as local church pastors and Cooperative Program Catalysts – the fame of the Name of JESUS is why we give, serve, and go. His leadership toward better financial footing for the IMB has been crucial in these days.
However, as local church pastors, we understand David’s continuing desire to serve in that context. We respect and are grateful for his decision to follow the will of the Lord for his life and the passions God has given him. We are thankful that the IMB trustee board has been willing to walk through this period of transition with him in a collaborative and cooperative manner. Knowing the caliber of our IMB missionaries, we are extremely hopeful for the future of our Southern Baptist mission efforts together. We will continue to pray for our missionaries and to give so that their work can continue. Transitions in earthly leadership are always going to take place, but Jesus is still the Cornerstone and Head of the Church. He is still building His Church, and the gates of hell will not prevail against His work. Let’s continue to press forward together in that mission.