As mentioned in the blog below, the Georgia Baptist Convention (GBC) passed a policy earlier this week that gives Executive Director Bob White and the GBC Administration Committee the authority to reject undesired donations.
Committee member John Waters, pastor of the First Baptist Church of Statesboro, Ga., explained in a Baptist Press article that the GBC can now refuse unwanted gifts such as old buses.
Interestingly, during my 18 years as a GBC employee I never heard of the great old bus dilemma. Glad that is being resolved and that all the brothers and submissive sisters gathered in Jonesboro, Ga., were given the chance to vote on this significant matter.
We wouldn’t want any top-down decision making going on in Southern Baptist life. That would violate the priesthood of the believer and local church autonomy.
This way, everybody can feel like they had a part in addressing this significant issue that will impact cooperative missions and ministry across the state for decades. Uh…wait a minute.
The Baptist Press article (based on reporting by Georgia Baptist editor Gerald Harris) does go on to mention that the new policy will allow GBC leaders to reject mission gifts from (and therefore end cooperation with) the First Baptist Church of Decatur, Ga., a congregation that called a female pastor last year.
Apparently, cooperating with this historic church in an effort to fulfill the Great Commission is a big problem — almost as threatening as all those old buses people apparently keep leaving in the parking lot of the GBC’s pristine headquarters northeast of Atlanta.
But, Georgia Baptists, you can rest easy now.