As the retirement of BGCT Executive Director Charles Wade begins to draw near, the search committee is beginning to consider the idea of an interim executive director.  It appears that the search is taking time, and the committee is being careful, both good things.  As a result, a new executive director may not be named by the time Dr. Wade steps down, and that will leave the BGCT without executive leadership.

The idea of an interim, perhaps even an intentional interim period, surfaced in the discussion at the listening session I attended in Waco.  I believe it is a good idea.  An interim leader has some freedom of action that might help contribute to the restoration of trust that is needed in the BGCT.  He, or she, might even be able to lay some groundwork and help the new leader get off to a good start.  Someone who doesn’t have to worry about the agenda and direction the BGCT will take under their leadership can do some things to make transition into the job easy for the next permanent occupant of it. 

A lot of people have made comments about the new occupant of this position.  We should not expect someone to come along with a magic wand and solve all of our state convention problems with a few hand motions.  But we do need someone who is capable of leadership, and is visionary.  I’ve said before, and I will say it again, if this position is used as a reward for someone who has been a veteran of the Baptist War to keep the BGCT free of fundamentalism, or someone who is part of a perceived political organization that has distanced itself from the SBC, the attrition of churches leaving the convention and reducing their financial support, which has already started since the Amarillo convention meeting, will continue, and will grow. 

My prayers are with the search committee, and with those who are candidates for this position.  May God move in a mighty way.


About LS

I'm 56, happily married for 25 years, B.A., M.A., career educator with experience in education as a teacher and administrator, native Arizonan living in Pennsylvania, working on a PhD and a big fan of the Arizona Wildcats, mainly in football and basketball.

3 responses

  1. Chuck says:


    I’ll go out on a limb and predict who the next Executive Director of the BGCT will be.

    He’s a Dallas pastor with the initials G.M.

  2. Lee says:

    Any particular reason you think that might be the case?

    If he’s the same person I’m thinking of, I’d say that would not be a good choice. He is too connected to CBF to be someone the majority of BGCT churches would follow. Most of them would see that as pursuing the same path as the present one, and it would either generate enough votes next time to unseat the current power structure, or accelerate the departures of more churches from the BGCT, or more cuts in giving, which are already on the rise since the convention met in Amarillo.

  3. Chuck says:

    I agree with your assessment of the results.