Baptist polity. That is the empty explanation offered by the Executive Board for disallowing local associations to decide who sits on the LBC Executive Board.
RE: The recent decision by LBC Executive Board not
to act on a proposed constitutional amendment to allow local
associations to elect half of all Executive Board members.
Baptist polity. That is the empty explanation
offered by the Executive Board for disallowing local associations to
decide who sits on the LBC Executive Board. This is a smoke screen, and
every Lousiana Baptist that has witnessed the power struggle in our
state convention knows it full well.
Local associations deserve to have direct influence
over who makes up the body that functions as the Louisiana Baptist
Convention ad interim. But having this will be an uphill battle because
the “power brokers” of our convention like it the way it is. The
present system allows too small a group to control the nominating
This present system also burdens the Nominating
Committee with the daunting task of nominating committed and qualified
persons from nearly 50 far-flung associations for consideration by the
LBC annual meeting. Why not allow associations make these nominations?
At least half of them?
My proposal provides a balance of influence between
the associations and the Nominating Committee. This proposal is not
without its own imperfections, and I am willing to consider a
compromise as long as it provides the local associations a voice on the
Some recent conflicts may have been avoided with a
balanced Executive Board. The sole intent of this motion is to
see the Louisiana Baptist Convention find some balance and unity.
The issue is not a new one; the powers that be should perceive that a
fatal flaw exists. There is much unrest with the staus quo. Do not
disallow this motion based on that hollow excuse. A change is in order
and the issue is not fading away.
Randy Lee, Pastor
Ebenezer Baptist Church