A young Baptist voice


CARBON HILL - During the recent Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) annual meeting held in Dallas, a youngster from Carbon Hill received two rounds of applause after speaking in front of a crowd of more than 7,000 people.

Zak McCullar, 9, served as a messenger for First Baptist Church-Carbon Hill during the meeting, giving a motion that a children’s ministry Sunday be added to the SBC calendar.

“There wasn’t a Sunday on the calendar to recognize children’s ministry,” said Zak McCullar, the son of Scott McCullar, pastor at FBC-Carbon Hill. “Children do a lot for the Gospel. The people who work with children do a lot for the Gospel. I thought we needed that day.”

Scott McCullar said the omission of a day of emphasis for children's ministry was something that bothered his son.

“We were talking about the calendar, and there is a day set aside for just about anything else, but there wasn’t one for children’s ministry,” Scott McCullar said. “Zak felt that needed to change.”

On the morning that he would later speak in front of the group, Zak wrote out his motion. He did not know what kind of reaction he would receive.

“I wasn’t sure what to expect, but I sing in front of our church so I thought I could speak in front of them. Most of the people were watching on screens any way,” Zak McCullar said. “They clapped twice. I couldn’t believe it. I thought, ‘Is this really happening?’”

The young McCullar said he felt strongly about the idea because children are important to reaching lost people.

“Children like to tell people what they know,” Zak McCullar said. “When they know about Jesus, they like to tell about Jesus.”

After giving the motion, Zak McCullar became one of the most popular people at the SBC’s meeting. People commended him for the courage to speak in front of such a large audience. Many people even asked to have their photograph taken with him.

“After that, everybody knew who he was,” Scott McCullar said.

Zac McCullar joked, “I used to be known as ‘Bro. Scott’s son,’ but now he is known as ‘Zak’s Dad.’”

Messengers proposed 20 motions during two 15-minute scheduled segments of the annual meeting. Out of those, 12 were voted to be referred to the SBC Executive Committee for consideration. McCullar has even been invited to visit with the committee in Nashville when they consider his request.

“I don’t know of that happening before. It probably has, but that is definitely not the norm,” Scott McCullar said.

The McCullars did not know when that trip to Nashville would take place.