Desiring God

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Today we talk with David Platt, who turns 40 years old in a couple weeks. He knows how to pack a lot of life into a few short years. Here’s a summary of his last twelve years. In 2006, at the age of 26, he became the lead pastor of The Church at Brook Hills — named the youngest megachurch pastor in America. There he launched Secret Church, an intensive Bible study that has become quite popular. In 2010 he published the New York Times bestseller “Radical: Taking Back Your Faith from the American Dream.” He launched the online resource site about ten years ago. And in 2013 he helped launch the first Cross Conference, a strategic missions summit. In 2014, after some significant experiences on the mission field, and seeing the desperation of the globally lost, he returned to the States and felt led to leave pastoral ministry to become the president of the Southern Baptist Convention’s International Mission Board (IMB), a massive missionary-sending organization. He moved to Virginia and, from what I hear, brought significant change, not least of which was much-needed financial reform. Then in February of 2017, he returned to preaching, this time at McLean Bible Church, a DC-area megachurch, officially becoming the church’s teaching pastor in September of last year. Initially he aimed to do both: preach and lead the IMB. But early this year he said it wasn’t going to work, and he intended to resign from the IMB once the SBC could find his replacement. I asked him for an update. And he shared his heart for local churches as the home base in the advance of global missions — a pattern he sees in the mission of Paul. Episode 1214: Find other recent and popular Ask Pastor John episodes,