Departing Pastor Page says go find 'lost people'

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These days, the Rev. Frank Page likens himself to "a Baptist Forrest Gump."

Like the movie character, he's a simple man who keeps finding himself in the right place at the right time, the Rev. Page said Thursday night at the 60th annual meeting of the Augusta Association of Baptist Churches

The former president of the Southern Baptist Convention, who once pastored Warren Baptist Church, recently accepted a post as vice president of evangelization for the North American Mission Board. He's moving to Atlanta to lead the implementation of a nationwide evangelistic strategy on behalf of Southern Baptists.

This Sunday is his last as pastor of Taylors First Baptist Church in Taylors, S.C. He announced his resignation from the church, where he's been pastor since 2001, three weeks ago.

The Rev. Page used the meeting at Southside Baptist Church to encourage members of the association, a network of more than 60 congregations.

They celebrated the more than 1,000 baptisms recorded at member churches over the last year, while acknowledging that "in a place as large as the CSRA, that's not even a drop in the bucket," said the Rev. Billy Atkins, pastor of Fleming Baptist Church.

He and the leaders of local Baptist churches repented for being too inwardly focused, for being mere "keepers of the aquarium" rather than the fishers of men they were called to be, as the Rev. Atkins put it.

The United States, the Rev. Page said, is the third-largest nation of "lost people" in the world. "Only China, only India have more lost people than the United States of America."

In February, the Rev. Page was named to President Obama's Advisory Council on Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships. He described it as a trying job.

"I'm considered the resident fundamentalist on that council. It's one of the most difficult assignments of my entire life," the Rev. Page said. But through it, "It's convinced me more and more this nation needs Jesus. We must not give up on the lost of this country."

Reach Kelly Jasper at (706) 823-3552 or kelly.jasper@augustachronicle.com.

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justus4
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justus4 10/23/09 - 02:43 am
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The Reverend is correct about
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The Reverend is correct about the condition of the Church in that, they are failing to inspire the youth and enlighten others who are in serious need of direction. And all these metaphors about "keepers of aquariums" and "fishing" does not influence the average person and the numbers of baptisms, according to the article, proves it... but look at all the churches and organizations & conventions associated with who knows what...what productive are they doing? It just seems that "faith-based" partnerships/religion is a commercial promotion with high titles and glowing rhetoric but offers nothing to the people that are really "lost."

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jebko 10/23/09 - 03:52 am
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Well said!

Well said!

mercyme
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mercyme 10/23/09 - 05:46 am
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Amen to that!!!!!!

Amen to that!!!!!!

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deekster 10/23/09 - 08:26 am
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Go ye into all the world and

Go ye into all the world and preach the Gospel. Baptizing in the name of the Father, The Son and the Holy Spirit. Making disciples of all men. "Christians" these days want to do everything but what they were "commanded" to do. More power to Pastor Page and I hope he is sincere.

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