Central Triad votes merger with Piedmont
    March 3 2010 by Norman Jameson, BR Editor

    Members of Central Triad Baptist Association in High Point approved a motion March 2 to merge with the Piedmont Baptist Association in neighboring Greensboro.

    Piedmont members will consider the merger during a meeting at Life Community Church March 22. If the vote is positive, the two will merge into a 120-church Piedmont Baptist Association March 31.

    BR file photo by Norman Jameson

    At age 76, J.C. Bradley, director of missions at Central Triad Baptist Association, sees a merger with Piedmont Baptist Association as the best option for Central Triad, which is struggling financially.


    Merger talks were prompted last fall when the largest contributing church to the Central Triad Association cut its contribution in half and the second largest contributing church dropped its associational gifts altogether.

    That decrease put the association in a financial squeeze, and it is “flying too close over the treetops” to go on, said J.C. Bradley, director of missions in Central Triad.

    It has an $85,000 debt on its office condo which is worth several times that amount; and a single staff member.

    Central Triad, formed in part out of the Piedmont Association in 1958, has 37 churches. Piedmont has 83.

    Bradley is 76 years old and will retire March 31.

    Bradley, recognized last fall with a lifetime achievement award from the North American Mission Board (NAMB), has been a missiologist in Baptist life, working for many years with NAMB in associational relations. 

    Patrick Fuller, Piedmont Association moderator and president of the board, says a merger will help to unify the two Guilford County communities. Greensboro and High Point are practically connected by a highly commercialized artery called Wendover Avenue.

    But politically they’ve wrestled for the funds and affection of Guilford County.

    “This can be a statement to the community at large that we’re coming together,” said Fuller, pastor of Southside Baptist Church in Greensboro.

    Response at listening sessions conducted thus far is positive, although Russ Reaves, pastor of Immanuel Baptist Church in Greensboro, has published opposition to the merger, based on questions of autonomy, efficiency and the wholesale admission of High Point churches into the association without a doctrinal examination, as each would have if they applied for associational membership individually.

    After the vote March 2 Bradley said throughout the process he has stressed to Central Triad churches the importance of the mission still to be performed in a growing population with increasing diversity.

    In the face of diminishing finances “survival of the association” was never the issue for Bradley. Instead, he sought the merger to guarantee High Point churches can continue to work together to “accomplish the mission.”
    3/3/2010 6:41:00 AM by Norman Jameson, BR Editor | with 1 comments




Comments
Gene Scarborough
Congratulations!!!!

Let's hope "all thing work together for good" in this.

I still have questions about churches withdrawing funding from Central Triad?

Do they have theological issues which caused it?
Have they decided to keep funds for local church use?
Will they participate in the union of the 2 associations?

Just curious, but I stated before when the merger was under consideration that the N. Roanoke Association was struggling with giving also, BUT it has to do with conservatives wanting to make their ways followed. To date, those who withdrew funds have not rejoined in their giving--even though they got their way by financial force!
3/3/2010 1:13:40 PM

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