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New IMB President

Posted on May 30, 2011 by Dr. Jerry Rankin

It was with elation and a degree of surprise that I welcomed the election of Dr. Tom Elliff as the new president of the International Mission Board.  Although confident that God was in ultimate charge of who my successor would be, the protracted search process did cause some anxiety and concern.

The debate was polarized on whether it should be an insider or outsider.  The consensus was that it should be someone with missionary experience and familiar with the vision and strategy of the IMB.  Others contended, with some merit, that it should be someone with prominent pastoral and denominational leadership to manage the challenges of credibility and support needed in the future.

The reality is that the president is …

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