IMB search committee lacks N.C. member
    March 25 2014 by Tom Womble, Fuquay-Varina, N.C.

    It is with disappointment we note the short tenure of International Mission Board (IMB) President Tom Elliff. My most serious concern recognizing his imminent departure is the make-up of the search committee to find his successor.
    On receipt of an IMB letter sent to former board members and missionaries, my attention was quickly drawn to the fact that there is not a member from North Carolina on the search committee. Even more troubling is that there are none from Virginia, South Carolina, Georgia or any other east coast state north of Florida. It is interesting that Texas has three members. Missouri has two on the committee.
    Mapping the location of each committee member quickly shows where the influence of appointments was generated. On my last check the states that were omitted are among the leaders in Lottie Moon and other sources of mission support. Chairman David Uth indicated he appointed the committee after consultation with trusted leaders and prayer. You would think that N.C. and other “old line states” would have had at least one qualified individual recommended that he felt worthy.
    There may be a legitimate reason for avoiding these states and selecting each individual, but somehow as a life-long N.C. Baptist who has long supported missions as a pastor and convention employee, it appears totally illogical.
    I would hope that Chairman Uth could share any insight that might help to explain his failure to recognize the states where IMB support is highly generated. Without explanation it cannot help but raise questions regarding motivation and intent. Our prayers for missionaries must continue and never cease no matter what his answer might be!

    Tom Womble
    3/25/2014 11:11:54 AM by Tom Womble, Fuquay-Varina, N.C. | with 0 comments
    Filed under: IMB, search committee

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