Greenwood Forest deacons object to nominee rejection : Friday, Aug. 26, 2005
August 26 2005 by

Greenwood Forest deacons object to nominee rejection : Friday, Aug. 26, 2005
Friday, Aug. 26, 2005

Greenwood Forest deacons object to nominee rejection

The Council of Deacons of Greenwood Forest is saddened and disappointed that the North Carolina Baptist State Convention's (BSC) Committee on Nominations rejected two of our members who were nominated to serve our state Baptists. It is our understanding that the nominees from our church were rejected simply because Greenwood Forest is listed on the Alliance of Baptist web site and not from any discussion with the nominees, church leaders or others associated with our church. Greenwood Forest has a long tradition of cooperating with Baptists of many different social and theological backgrounds. Our ability to work together has never been grounded in ideology or opinion but in a passion to spread the gospel of Jesus Christ.

We deacons consider this to be part of the foundation of Baptist freedom. It is ironic that we are being excluded for being so thoroughly Baptist.

We value our relationship with the Baptist State Convention as well as our relationship with other Baptist groups. Our association with multiple organizations allows us to do more to minister to those in need and to spread the gospel than we could do on our own. Our missions work in Cuba would likely not have happened without the assistance of the Alliance. It allowed us to help a partner church in Cuba do wonderful things for Christ in a country in which it is very challenging to be a Christian.

We have serious concerns with the way that our church and its members have been treated by a committee of the Baptist State Convention. Still, our hope is that our long-standing association with the Baptist State Convention will continue to bear fruit.

Betsy Hobgood

Cary, N.C.

(EDITOR'S NOTE - Hobgood is chair of the Greenwood Forest Baptist Church council of deacons. She sent the letter on behalf of the deacons.)

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