I am writing this note from Dallas after a busy couple of days of working with Carolyn Strickland and Bob Broyles. This has been a very productive week, and I am proud of the work we did together.
One of the key roles we have as officers of the Baptist General Convention of Texas is the responsibility to nominee members of a number of key committees. We nominate eight members of the sixteen members of the Committee on Convention Business. We name five to serve on the Committee on Committees by far the most influential committee in Baptist life. We nominate members to the Credentials Committee, Resolutions Committee, and the Memorials Committee. Unlike the Southern Baptist Convention that places the authority for these appointments in the hands of the President alone. The BGCT officers work in concert with each other.
Going into the appointment process it was our commitment to do this work together. We wanted to broaden the tent, and to bring some fresh faces to Baptist life. We wanted the face of these committees to reflect the faces of the BGCT. As you may or may not know, the BGCT is by far one of the most diverse religious organizations in the world. We worship in dozens of languages. We have mega-churches and tiny open country churches. We have fast growing suburban cities, and struggling inner city churches. We have churches in the deep piney woods of East Texas and on the open plains of West Texas.
I am not at liberty to reveal the appointments at this time, but as the names are released I believe you are going to see a mosaic of people whose hearts beat as one for the advancement of the Kingdom in Texas, people for whom Texas Hope 2010 is much more than a slogan, but a lifestyle. Behind closed doors Carolyn, Bobby and I had open and frank discussions. We struggles with some decision, and quickly moved through others. The appointments will not reflect any one of our perceptions of the future, but rather reflect all of us working together with the good of the BGCT at the forefront of our decisions. I learned a lot about myself during these negotiations, but also learned I have a great team to work with in Carolyn and Bobby.
Good days are ahead. Don’t forget to pray at noon every day for Texas Hope 2010!