I write this journal entry with a heart deeply humbled by the honor of getting to serve the Baptist General Convention of Texas for a second term as president. At times I have to pinch myself just thinking about the amazing opportunities afforded me this past year, and the opportunities and challenges just over the horizon.
This past year exceeded all my expectations. It was a joy to serve with Carolyn Strickland and Bobby Broyles. I don’t know two people who love the work of our convention anymore than they do. It was also a thrill to work with Randel Everett. He is so creative and passionate about our work together. He always seems to be two or three steps ahead of all of us as he leads us to accomplish our Kingdom assignment. Let me share my mental image of my job as president from the world of football, when it comes to Dr. Everett. I believe he is the quarterback, and I am a pulling offensive guard. I try to create the holes and clear the way for him to get us across the goal line.
This is going to be an exciting year for us as Texas Baptists. Ed Jackson and John Ogletree will be fun to work with this year. They both bring expertise, leadership and vision to their post. They will stretch us and challenge to do more together than we have done before.
I must admit I was disappointed by the low number of messengers at the annual meeting in Houston, but I believe it was a wonderful meeting. (Of course I assumed the low numbers were due to the confidence the people had in me! Just kidding).
Jeane Law and the COCB did an incredible job of planning the meeting. The local arrangements people were on top of every detail. The BGCT communications team work long and tirelessly to make it all come together without a hitch. Of course, everything was flying by me at warp speed, but I sensed that the spirit of the convention was high, and the people did get a chance to visit with felt like fresh winds were blowing. I was particularly moved by the challenge by George Mason to stop choosing sides!
In the coming days as I am able to gain more perspective, I will write more about my impressions and thoughts. It is still a blur to me, but I had a sense the whole time I was part of something much bigger than myself.