PADUCAH –The partnership between the Kentucky Baptist Convention and Georgetown College will conclude Nov. 12, 2014.
That was the decision made by messengers to the 176th Annual Meeting of the Kentucky Baptist Convention meeting Nov. 12 at Lone Oak First Baptist Church in Paducah. The adopted recommendation reads:
“In these days of limited resources and a more focused ministry assignment, Kentucky Baptists are choosing to invest Christian education resources, energies and attention on our institutions that are in covenant agreement with the Kentucky Baptist Convention. Therefore the KBC will terminate its ministry partnership with Georgetown College pursuant to the memorandum of understanding between the parties dated Nov. 15, 2005. Upon expiration of the ministry partnership, the KBC will no longer maintain a partnership agreement with Georgetown College, which elected to terminate its Covenant Agreement with the KBC in 2005. We appreciate the Baptist foundation of Georgetown College and offer our prayers for their endeavors to serve Christ and His Kingdom.”
At the college’s request, the covenant relationship with the KBC concluded in 2009. The partnership agreement was meant to maintain ties, but in 2010, a special committee of Kentucky Baptists determined that the direction of Georgetown was becoming more distant from the KBC.
The KBC Mission Board originally proposed the recommendation prior to the 2012 KBC Annual Meeting, but decided to postpone action for one year when they learned that then Georgetown President Bill Crouch was retiring.
In a recent and cordial meeting between KBC Executive Director-Treasurer Paul Chitwood and the college’s new president, Dwaine Greene, both leaders agreed that the partnership agreement should conclude.
Chitwood conveyed to Greene that Georgetown had an “open door” to return to a covenant relationship with the KBC should they be willing to meet the expectations outlined in the agreement. Greene expressed no desire for the college to re-enter such a relationship with the KBC and admitted that Georgetown had failed to abide by the terms of the existing partnership agreement.
Greene said he would like to discuss with Chitwood future opportunities for the college to serve with the KBC in some way. Chitwood said he would be pleased to hear those ideas.
Georgetown Baptist Church Pastor Alan Redditt spoke against moving forward with the vote to end the partnership. He was concerned that the recommendation was not included in the mission board recommendations published in the Western Recorder 30 days prior to this year’s meeting.
Parliamentarian Adam Greenway explained that, in actuality, the convention was given one year’s notice because the decision of the mission board in 2012 to postpone action specified that the recommendation would be brought up again in one year.
Messengers overwhelmingly approved the recommendation.
In other business:
The Cooperative Program goal of $22.5 million for fiscal year 2014-15 was approved. Cooperative Program gifts are divided evenly between Kentucky Baptist Convention causes and Southern Baptist causes. From each portion, 3.5 percent is set aside for Cooperative Program Resourcing. The 7 percent is used to promote the unified giving program among Kentucky Baptists.
Messengers approved a recommendation from the KBC Mission Board that permits the Kentucky Baptist Foundation to use undesignated bequests for the work of the foundation. Foundation directors then presented a corresponding change to its governing document during its report. Messengers approved the revision.
Florence Baptist Church at Mt. Zion was approved as the site of the 2016 KBC Annual Meeting. Next year’s meeting is Nov. 11, 2014 at Living Hope Baptist Church in Bowling Green. KBC Associate Executive Director Curtis Woods will give the convention sermon. The 2015 meeting is set for Severns Valley Baptist Church in Elizabethtown.
Messengers had a first hearing of two changes to the KBC Constitution and Bylaws.
The first follows last year’s passage of an updated definition of a “cooperating” church in Article IV as one that contributes through the Cooperative Program and submits the Annual Church Profile.
The question posed to messengers this year is to revise Article IX, Paragraph 1 to specify that trustees to the KBC Mission Board or KBC-affiliated agencies and institutions will be members of cooperating churches as defined by the revised Article IV.
The second proposed change would be to Article VII, Paragraph 5 and would remove mention of the “president of the Kentucky Baptist Men on Missions” because the Men on Missions steering committee no longer exists.
More news from the KBC annual meeting:
- RISK: Paducah Update: 331 Salvation Decisions
- Pastors’ ‘Revived’ at Nov. 11 Conference
- Messengers Welcome New Churches to KBC
- Baptist Layman Elected Next KBC President
- New Slate of Sunrise Directors Approved by Messengers
- KBC Passes Symbolic Vote of No Confidence in Smithwick’s Leadership
- Resolutions Passed on Protecting Children, Mohler’s 20 Years
- Kentucky Baptists Approved to Serve on Various Boards
By Dannah Prather, KBC marketing and media relations associate