He has already listed his goals, which, if you have read much of what has been posted here on Deep in the Heart during the recent weeks and months, are what we have been advocating. I am particularly pleased to see that the first priority he mentioned was affirming the staff. The financial picture is also important, and serving as a communication conduit for the next E.D. rounds out the picture.
It is also a good thing that a former BGCT staff member who led the intentional interim ministry program is the one to whom God opened the door to serve as interim executive director, to quote a passage of scripture out of context, “for such a time as this.” Considering what has happened in the BGCT in recent months and years, an extended interim period of five or six months, perhaps even as long as a year, could be very productive in terms of allowing for some healing, rebuilding some trust, and giving the search committee more time to listen to what their constituency is saying about the person they want to see occupy the position.
I still get emails from individuals, some of whom have formerly served in the BGCT or in associational missions, who tell me that they expect the search committee to ignore everyone but their own narrow group, and that they will predictably use this position not only to “reward” a veteran of the effort to prevent a fundamentalist takeover of the BGCT, but to hire someone who will be aggresive in pushing the BGCT toward an even higher level of cooperation with CBF, and put further distance between the BGCT and the SBC. I’ve been told that, vote total notwithstanding at the convention, they will risk losing the next round of officer elections in order to secure this job for a hardliner from their inner circle in order to control the convention for the next decade. I sincerely hope they are wrong on this, and that an extended time for a search will lead to selecting a leader who will represent all those in the BGCT, including the significant majority of churches that still want to exclusively support the SBC.
Dr. Jan Daehnert, we are praying for you.