Brunson leads FBC Dallas closer to SBTC
November 27 2002 by Todd Starnes , Baptist Press

Brunson leads FBC Dallas closer to SBTC | Wednesday, Nov 27, 2002

Wednesday, Nov 27, 2002

Brunson leads FBC Dallas closer to SBTC

By Todd Starnes Baptist Press

DALLAS, Texas - The congregation of First Baptist Church in Dallas, Texas, voted overwhelmingly Nov. 20 to give all their Cooperative Program money through the Southern Baptists of Texas Convention (SBTC) rather than their traditional method of giving through the Baptist General Convention of Texas (BGCT).

The motion stated: "In order to support our pastor as he assumes an important leadership position as a member of the Executive Board of the SBTC, that our church once again return to participating in the Cooperative Program of the Southern Baptist Convention as it has been historically defined, by sending undesignated, all of First Baptist Church, Dallas, Cooperative Program gifts, including state and national missions offerings, to the Southern Baptists of Texas Convention."

Mac Brunson, senior pastor of the church, is a former president of the Baptist State Convention of North Carolina. He preached the convention sermon at the recent SBTC annual meeting.

The congregation's vote moves the church one step closer to uniquely aligning with the SBTC, a state convention that is in full cooperation with the Southern Baptist Convention.

"This is a significant step," Brunson said. "The inevitable is coming simply because of the direction the BGCT is moving in. The BGCT is making it increasingly impossible for churches that want to be with the Southern Baptist Convention to remain a part of the state convention. The BGCT is a denomination of their own in everything but title."

Brunson said the decision to send their Cooperative Program gifts through the SBTC should not be construed as "axe grinding."

"The Southern Baptists of Texas Convention has its eyes focused clearly on missions, new church starts, evangelism and cooperation with the SBC," Brunson said.

The church first loosened its nearly century-long relationship with the BGCT in 1999, dually aligning with the more theologically conservative SBTC.

A report given at the SBTC annual meeting said the convention now claims 1,208 churches, 75 percent of which are uniquely affiliated with SBTC.

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