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Keith Parks: Breaking Barriers and Opening Frontiers [Paperback]

By Gary Baldridge (Author)
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Great movements in the history of Christian missions often have started with few people perceiving their eventual importance. Such was the case when Dr. R. Keith Parks led Baptists to unprecedented engagement of the least-evangelized peoples of Asia and North Africa in the mid-1980s. This biography of Keith Parks introduces one of the premier mission leaders of the twentieth century. Parks has served in Baptist global missions for 45 years, first as missionary, administrator, and president of the Southern Baptist Convention's Foreign Mission Board, and then as Global Missions Coordinator for the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship

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Great movements in the history of Christian missions often have started with few people perceiving their eventual importance. Such was the case when Dr. R. Keith Parks led Baptists to unprecedented engagement of the least-evangelized peoples of Asia and North Africa in the mid-1980s. This biography of Keith Parks introduces one of the premier mission leaders of the twentieth century. Parks has served in Baptist global missions for 45 years, first as missionary, administrator, and president of the Southern Baptist Convention's Foreign Mission Board, and then as Global Missions Coordinator for the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship.

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Studio: Smyth & Helwys Publishing
Pages   102
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.99" Width: 6.07" Height: 0.36"
Weight:   0.39 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Dec 1, 1999
Publisher   Smyth & Helwys Publishing
ISBN  1573122866  
ISBN13  9781573122863  


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An overview of the life of a man with a world vision  Jun 20, 2000
Keith Parks has spent his adult professional life furthering the spread of Christianity around the world, and Gary Baldridge's biography tracks his efforts in that endeavor. The book might initially appear to appeal only to Baptists familiar with that denomination's foreign mission program and with the internal political struggles of the Southern Baptist Convention. The biography has, however, potential attractions for anyone interested in observing the arc of personal development from a childhood of fragile health, through a youth marked by insecurity, to a maturity of assuming enormous responsibilities and courageous risk taking. As President of the Southern Baptist Foreign Mission Board for twelve years, beginning in 1980, Dr. Parks administered a budget in the millions of dollars, and undertook radical reorganizations in the face of rising opposition within the Baptist structure. He envisioned and implemented means of sharing the Christian message across geographical and political boundaries in a "world without borders." The rift between ultraconservative and more moderate Baptists widened to the point that Dr. Parks could no longer function effectively in his professional position and "retired" in October of 1992. Although he had concluded a career in missions of almost forty years and had surely earned retirement, Dr. Parks stepped out once again, in 1993, into leadership of global missions, this time for the fledgling Cooperative Baptist Fellowship, which had been organized as an alternative for "moderate" former-Southern Baptists. Now in his seventies, Keith Parks has once again retired. The account of Dr. Parks' life and dedication to missions leads the reader to anticipate continued support, advice and influence from Keith Parks no matter what his professional status may be. I recommend this book, although it is a bit repetitive and could have been enriched by more human-interest vignettes. The subject is particularly interesting to mission-minded Christians, but also demonstrates both the constraints and opportunities a given organizational structure can afford a visionary leader.
 

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