Working toward unity
June 8 2001 by Steve DeVane , BR Managing Editor

Working toward unity | Friday, June 8, 2001

Friday, June 8, 2001

Working toward unity

By Steve DeVane BR Managing Editor The chairman of a committee trying to unify the Baptist State Convention (BSC) is confident of the group's success. Michael K. Moore, director of missions for Robeson Baptist Association, is chairman of the BSC's Unity Committee.

BSC President Mike Cummings appointed the committee. Messengers to last year's BSC meeting approved a motion that Cummings "appoint a special committee to build on the success the Convention has experienced over the past couple of years in an effort to increase unity and cooperation in this fellowship."

The BSC has experienced a tenuous balance of power between conservatives and moderates over the last several years with conservatives holding most elected offices while moderates control the General Board and Executive Committee. A plan that would have formalized shared leadership gained a 55 percent vote in 1999, but failed to get the needed two-thirds for passage.

Moore said he doubted his committee would discuss the BSC election processes. The committee will not have a role in any negotiations regarding candidates, he said.

Charles Page, pastor of First Baptist Church, Charlotte, is the only announced candidate for the BSC presidency. Cummmings is not eligible for re-election.

Page is endorsed by Conservative Carolina Baptists. Mainstream Baptists of North Carolina officials plan to meet with Page on June 15.

Moore said the committee has met twice. It will continue meeting through the summer in hopes of having its work completed by Sept. 1, he said.

"We've been conferring with and will confer with past and present leadership in the Convention and other leaders within the Baptist family," Moore said.

The early meetings have gone well, he said.

"Generally, we would like to eliminate the negatives that divide us and accent the positives that unite us," he said.

Moore said the committee has chosen Acts 15 as its biblical model. He said the Jerusalem Council described in the text agreed on several essentials and politely asked the Gentiles to refrain from doing some things that irritated the Jews. Then, they went back to doing missions, he said.

N.C. Baptists can contact the committee by writing Moore at P.O. Box 1447, Lumberton, N.C. 28359.

Moore said he hopes the committee's work will benefit the BSC.

"I'm very optimistic about our outcome," he said.

Other committee members are Law-son Horton, DOM, Brushy Mountain Baptist Association in North Wilkesboro; Terry Jordan, pastor, Elizabeth Baptist Church, Shelby; Gene Lathan, pastor, Thrift Baptist Church, Charlotte; David Stratton, pastor, Brunswick Island Baptist Church, Supply; and Lucille Yancey, layperson, Rowan Baptist Church, Clinton.

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