LOUISVILLE – The Kentucky Baptist Convention Administrative Committee will recommend to the KBC Mission Board on Nov. 12 to delay for one year a vote on the future of the partnership agreement between the convention and Georgetown College.
Messengers to the 175th Annual Meeting of the Kentucky Baptist Convention were to vote on a recommendation to end the partnership Nov. 13, but according to Floyd Paris, chairman of the KBC Administrative Committee, the pending retirement of Georgetown College President Bill Crouch led the committee to rethink the decision.
“I think a delay is a good idea since Georgetown is in a transition with leadership,” said Paris, pastor of Unity Baptist Church in Ashland. “It could be that they might want to strengthen ties with the KBC.”
Earlier this year, Georgetown’s trustees approved an identity statement that describes the college as “Christian” but not distinctly Baptist.
“Harmony and unity are always worth a second chance,” Paris added.
Crouch announced Oct. 2 that he will end his 21-year tenure as Georgetown’s president June 30, 2013.
One week prior to Crouch’s announcement, KBC made public the Administrative Committee’s recommendation to end the partnership agreement with Georgetown.
After the college’s decision to withdraw from its covenant relationship with the Kentucky Baptist Convention in 2005, Kentucky Baptists adopted a partnership agreement to guide future dealings between the two entities.
Georgetown College requested to end its covenant agreement with the KBC to establish a self-perpetuating board of trustees, meet Phi Beta Kappa academic standards and to expand its donor base.
KBC Executive Director-Treasurer Paul Chitwood said Earl Goode, chairman of Georgetown’s board of trustees, reported that in a recent executive session, trustees were pleased to hear that the vote may be delayed.