Waiting and wondering

On Wednesday of this past week the Executive Committee of the Missouri Baptist Convention terminated Dr. David Clippard as the Executive Director. [read here] Since the termination I have been trying to withhold judgment about the actions of the EC. I have had my doubts about their decision but have been told, on multiple occasions that I need to wait for more information. I recieved an email from a Missouri pastor whom I trust who communicated the need to wait for more information, in the Baptist Press article [read here] about the firing we were told that information would possibly be forthcoming “later this week.” Obviously that has not happened. In fact, the only information that continues to be released is done by a secular news agency. In fact, today I read this article by the St. Louis Post-Dispatch which (rather than clear things up for me, a!
nd instill confidence in me in regards to the EC’s decision) has caused me greater concern. [read here] In fact, this line in particular from the article bothers me greatly; “I specifically asked if any of their charges included anything they found which was immoral, unethical, unbiblical, financially mismanaged or innapropriate,” he [Clippard] wrote. “Their response was, No.”

I am not sure as to the delay of the release of information but I am growing more skeptical by the day and look forward, with great anticipation to having my confidence in the Missouri Baptist Convention Executive Committee restored upon the release of said information, but to that end I am doubtful. As a pastor who entered the MBC on the heels of the devastating decision to sue the 5 “breakaway” entities and who has continued to see little positive news out of the convention I am less encouraged than I have ever been.

MBC EC, please give us good news. We need it!

Micah is a husband to Tracy & a daddy to Grace, Kessed & Haddon. He’s Senior Pastor at Brainerd Baptist Church in Chattanooga, TN. Most of all, he’s a debtor to grace.

4 thoughts on “Waiting and wondering

  1. Maybe you can clarify for your readers (or just this reader) your statement, “and who has continued to see little positive news out of the convention…”

    Just curious what you mean by that.

  2. Jason-

    Thanks for asking. I guess my point is that since my time began in Missouri the news that I have heard coming from the state convention whether through “official” sources or through other various forms of media is in regards to either the lawsuits, the undue influence (and unfortunate comments) of people like Roger Moran, the sad inquisition like desire for examination by the Executive Committee of The Journey Church, the lack of unity between the Executive Director and the Editor of the Pathway, as well as other members of MBC leadership, and the list goes on. Even in the pieces of official information that I have received from the convention there seems to be more of an infatuation with the restoration of an old church building than there has been with aggressively attempting to reach our culture with the message of Jesus Christ.

    I’m certainly not saying that it’s not happening in the state. I have seen it happening all over the state, but unfortunately the actions of those fulfilling the Great Commission seems to be overshadowed (and even under appreciated) in the face of politics, power and prestige among much of Missouri Baptist’s leadership.

    All of this and I haven’t even tried to touch the vitriol and disdain that seems ever present in the Missouri Baptist Mailing List (http://groups.yahoo.com/group/MOBaptistList/). I even unsubscribed from the doggone list months ago simply because I was convinced that it was damaging to my walk with Christ.

    I should also point out that I generally don’t have problems with Missouri Baptist’s themselves. In my experience I have had nothing but positive experiences in my interactions with the people of the MBC. I have enjoyed my time serving here in Missouri and have developed incredible relationships with the people in the MBC. My frustration with the MBC leadership, however, seems to grow by the day.

    I’m sure my comments may cause frustration with those who may disagree with me, and I hope that my frustration’s are proven to be without base, but at this point I am struggling to see how that could be true.

    Sorry for the long reply, but I hope that clarifies my point.

  3. Not frustration b/c I disagree, frustration as one who is intimately involved in gospel ministry through the MBC, campus ministry. And it seemed to be a pretty (unfair?) broad blanket statement, all encompassing of people like myself who are employed by the Convention.

    But you did clarify your point.

  4. Jason-

    I certainly didn’t intend to disparage Missouri Baptists. I was talking today to one of my favorite people in the world, who also happens to be employed (in part) by the MBC (you probably know who I mean) and I realized that I should have stressed that some more. For the significant majority of them, I love the the people of the MBC and even the staff of the MBC. I think many of the people in the MBC are doing incredible things for the kingdom. It is the questionable decisions of many in leadership that I am appalled by. In fact, if we would publicize the good things being done across the convention, rather than hear nothing but more news about more fights, I would be much more positive about the MBC, I think.

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