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New CBF Executive Coordinator

Postby Dave Roberts » Wed Jan 16, 2019 10:30 am

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Re: New CBF Executive Coordinator

Postby Rvaughn » Wed Jan 16, 2019 11:07 am

Baptist News has this article by Bob Allen:
CBF elects Georgia pastor Paul Baxley as executive coordinator
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Re: New CBF Executive Coordinator

Postby William Thornton » Wed Jan 16, 2019 4:07 pm

His church FBC Athens was my childhood church back in the 50s when it and First UMC were thriving on all those WWII gen families with many children. Still solid with the professional and uga crowd. Has money. Made a clean break with SBC.

I attended one Sunday a few years ago, a search for nostalgia, and his sermon was the best I had heard in a long time.

He is a master of the lingo. Quote below:

Our committee lives each day in hopeful waiting for the emergence of a more faithful path forward, and we stand before you today not in fear, but rather in the hopeful conviction that together we will see that still more excellent way when the Holy Spirit reveals it to us,” Baxley said. “We dare to believe that way will be a witness in and of itself, and a path to a new season of thriving for our Fellowship.”

Through embracing the approach of Integrative Thinking, the committee seeks to faithfully hear and feel the Spirit moving among the priesthood of all believers, Baxley said.


If I were a CBFer I'd probably like the choice. Appealing to pastors and churches seems to be what is needed for survival...

...but my mod/lib friends can work all that out. Sandy and I are happy to opine.
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Re: New CBF Executive Coordinator

Postby Dave Roberts » Wed Jan 16, 2019 5:04 pm

I don't know Paul personally, but I have been with him at meetings. I like the fact that he is focused on the local church, not wider denomi-networks alone. He did graduate from college with a friend of mine.
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Re: New CBF Executive Coordinator

Postby KeithE » Fri Feb 15, 2019 12:20 pm

William,

Here is a subject you can possibly post on with some knowledge. Paul Baxter is from your area.

Was do you think of him and what changes in the CBF do you expect.
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Re: New CBF Executive Coordinator

Postby William Thornton » Fri Feb 15, 2019 3:00 pm

I attended his church once. Outstanding sermon that Sunday. I don't know much other that what I read in the CBF outlets. He has a way of talking gobbledygook that makes me shake my head but that may be what my CBF friends are accustomed to.
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Re: New CBF Executive Coordinator

Postby Sandy » Fri Feb 15, 2019 5:15 pm

Paul Baxley wrote:“Congregations are at the center of the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship, and CBF exists to bless and serve churches. I’m eager to see what kind of powerful collaborations can emerge between CBF pastors, lay leaders, leaders of our partner ministries and our state and regional coordinators. Imagine the power that could come from the best kind of convening and collaboration, where we see that CBF’s future is not held by whoever is the Executive Coordinator, but our life, work and witness together. My experience as a pastor in CBF congregations has taught me that when we open ourselves to serve and lead together, God does incredible work.”


Emphasis in that quote is mine. What happens overall in a Baptist organization like CBF is much more related to what is going on in its churches rather than who the leader is. Executive leadership does make a difference when it comes to making decisions that affect how the efficiency and effectiveness of the organization itself and this choice of a pastor who appears to have an understanding of what CBF was at the beginning and what it has become is probably a very good choice because he will be realistic in his assessments and plans. Paynter succeeded in stabilizing the finances by not filling vacant positions, slashing budget expenses and putting most of the money from larger individual contributions in contingency funds and savings instead of using it to balance budget shortfalls. I can imagine that raising the level of contributions might be high on the list of CBF's council and why they were attracted to a pastor with a reputation as a strong preacher.

It also appears that the slight left turn the fellowship took by selecting Paynter and then moving forward with the Illumination Project will continue, since Baxley was on the committee which drafted it. I think that will help solidify CBF's identity. The last three coordinators have all been Texans. The bulk of CBF's participating churches are clustered along the east coast from Virginia down to Georgia and in Texas, with a small scattering of churches in between, but not very many. There are differences that separate them and which are more likely to fracture than to unify. It appears that its staffing and leadership choices are moving in a more liberal direction. That will bring some churches down off the fence and back to full support of the SBC. But it may pull some others a little closer to the core.
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