The Missouri Baptist Convention, meeting in Osage Beach at the Lake of the Ozarks, rejected the “Project 1000” group that organized to give the supporters of the SBC conservative resurgence control of the state convention more than a decade ago.
This is the group led by Roger Moran.
The convention did not go moderate, but instead supported a group of conservatives called “Save Our Convention,” led by retired pastor Gerald Davidson. Apparently, messengers finally grew tired of having the conventions offices, board seats and executive board dictated by a single group.
Davidson was first elected president of the MBC when I was serving a church in the state, back in 1990. I was at the convention when he was elected. Moran was there, and successfully led an effort to defund the Baptist Joint Committee. That was the first time I saw one of his propaganda sheets with the “guilt by association” tactics that became so successful in convincing messengers to vote the way he told them to.
Missouri Baptists are apparently moving back toward the center as well, at least, a few inches back from where they have been. I think what we are seeing in Baptist life, including the SBC, is that people are tired of the influence peddling, the “kingmaker” groups, and the politics and control that have crept in since the conservative resurgence first began its efforts back in 1979. We’re fighting for control of organizations that are supposed to be in existence for the purpose of cooperative ministry like they were corporations, or government organizations. I’ve thought for a while now that most Baptists, who are much closer together theologically than the divisions in the various bodies would seem to indicate, would grow tired of dominant political groups and eventually throw them out.
It’s ironic that the BGCT, a moderate convention, and the MBC, a conservative one, would both make moves toward the center in the same year.