The Rev. Ken Hugghins, chairman of the search committee, said Dr. Everett can help unify the BGCT, which includes theologically moderate and conservative churches.

“And he will engage the younger generation that is questioning the value of a large institutional kind of denomination,” said Dr. Hugghins, pastor of Elkins Lake Baptist Church in Huntsville.

Brief words, but important ones.  Both of those things, unity in a theologically diverse convention, particularly strengthening the ties to the SBC, and engaging the younger generation, were high priorities mentioned in the listening session that I attended.  I would like to hear a lot more from the search committee regarding their choice, and the rationale behind it. 

I’d also like to hear from Dr. Everett.  What is his view of scripture?  What does he consider to be priorities during his first months as executive director?  How does he feel about helping to bring the BGCT into a better relationship with the SBC and how does he plan to handle that?  I don’t know if he reads blogs, but I would certainly like to hear what he has to say.


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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.

4 responses

  1. This is a good <a href=”<story from the Baptist Standard.

    I liked these points:

    “Everett highlighted three tasks he believes could bring Texas Baptists together:

    • Missions. “Texas Baptists should make sure every person in Texas has the opportunity to respond to the good news of Christ within his or her own language and context,” he said.

    • Christian education. From religious education in local congregations to high education in universities and seminaries, Texas Baptists should “make sure we are providing the resources to ensure that people grow in Christ’s likeness,” he said.

    • Advocacy. Texas Baptists should become advocates for the separation of church and state to ensure religious liberty for all people, and they should be advocates for the poor, he said. “There is no reason any child in Texas should go to bed hungry.”

    As to your point about a better relationship with the SBC – that’s a hard point to sell to many Southern Baptists these days especially in light of Burleson’s resignation. It seems any hope for reform was birthed with the election of Frank Page and will die in Indianapolis. Given tonight’s outcome and your “Free At Last” comment to Burleson, I can’t imagine why any irenic conservative would want to fool with Nashville anymore.

  2. Tim Dahl says:


    I have to admit that a closer relationship to the SBC scares me to some extent. Look at what has been happening over at the BoT of the IMB. Stuff like that isn’t an isolated incident, we just got the info on it thanks to W. Burleson. I’m afraid that the close we get the more we’ll loose our church’s autonomy. Do you remember getting the big copy of the BF&M 2000? We were asked (by SBC leadership), to post it up in our church. They have been consolidating power, they continue to consolidate power, and it doesn’t look like it will end any time soon. I like being free. I don’t think that I’ll give that up any time soon.

    I’m close enough to the SBC, as is. I don’t need to be any closer.


  3. Lee says:

    I think a better working relationship with the SBC will resolve some conflict in the BGCT, or at least help things to quiet down a bit. A signal from BGCT leadership that they are willing to take the initiative in helping to have better relations would be a big help in that regard. Continuing to ignore the fact that the overwhelming majority of BGCT churches are uniquely aligned with the SBC and will remain so just creates an additional issue that has to be dealt with along with other things that come up. We don’t have to give up any autonomy for that to happen, nor do we have to sacrifice any of the new relationships or partnerships that the BGCT has forged with other Baptist groups.

    As far as the SBC is concerned, I believe the movement that has formed as a result of issues raised by Wade Burleson is going to bring change in the SBC, and shift the emphasis from control of the denomination by a particular political group back in the direction of cooperation for the sake of missions and ministry. It will not be perfect, of course. And there will be bumps along the road. But I think the SBC is on the way to changes which will make its relationship with the BGCT less rocky than it has been.