BGCT missions network chooses its name, leader
October 28 2003 by Ken Camp , Associated Baptist Press

BGCT missions network chooses its name, leader | Wednesday, Oct. 29, 2003

Wednesday, Oct. 29, 2003

BGCT missions network chooses its name, leader

By Ken Camp Associated Baptist Press

DALLAS, Texas - Nearly a year after the Baptist General Convention of Texas (BGCT) voted to create a new missions network, the entity now has both a name and a staff leader.

Meeting in Dallas Oct. 23, the network's board adopted WorldconneX as its corporate name and elected Bill Tinsley, the BGCT's current associate executive director, to lead the new entity.

The 32-member board, with 27 present, met for more than three and a half hours in executive session before publicly announcing Tinsley as the inaugural leader of WorldconneX.

During the open portion of its meeting, the board of trustees formally approved the WorldconneX name, adopted articles of incorporation and bylaws, and named a seven-member administrative committee to work with the new leader, who begins his duties Dec. 1.

"WorldconneX reflects what we are about as a network, and that is connecting God's people with mission opportunities and resources both here in Texas and the world beyond. It also reflects the connection of Christ to the world," said Justice Anderson, chairman of the board.

Anderson will serve on the board's administrative committee with Albert Reyes of San Antonio, Keith Parks of Richardson, Carol Childress of Rockwall, Leon Miller of Kerrville, Frankie Harvey of Nacogdoches and Mike Stroope of Dublin.

Eschewing terms such as "chief executive officer" or "executive director," the board of trustees chose simply to describe Tinsley's role as "network leader" for the time being.

"From the beginning, we have asked the Holy Spirit to be our CEO, and our search for a network leader could not have ended better," Anderson said. "Bill Tinsley is a deeply spiritual, mission-minded individual with leadership experience at every level of Baptist life. He is a superb choice."

Accepting the position, Tinsley said the challenge facing WorldconneX is "stepping beyond the traditional methods" of missions.

"God is moving in the emerging generation and among the laity with unprecedented power. Our task is to connect thousands of people in whose hearts and minds God is giving visions and dreams to serve him around the world in bold and creative ways," Tinsley said.

"To say I have all the answers about how we will do this and where it will take us would be misleading," Tinsley continued. "The only way we could have all the answers would be to do what we have done before. We are moving into new regions and new areas where we will be challenged to learn together."

Tinsley, 56, has been BGCT associate executive director for two years. Previously he was executive director of the Minnesota-Wisconsin Baptist Convention from 1993 to 2001.

Tinsley grew up in First Baptist Church of Corsicana, where he was licensed to the ministry. He graduated from Baylor University in Waco and earned master of divinity and doctor of ministry degrees from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth. He served as pastor of churches in Bremond, Mexia and Franklin before becoming founding pastor of First Baptist Church in The Colony.

Tinsley and his wife, Jacqueline, live in Rockwall where they are members of Lake Pointe Church. They have three children and three grandchildren.

Messengers to the 2002 BGCT annual meeting approved recommendations calling for the creation of the missions network. It was establish as a separate not-for-profit affiliate of the BGCT "to help churches, associations, institutions and individuals fulfill their missions calling through both short-term and long-term missions endeavors across the United States and the world."

"We do not intend to be a reactionary replacement of traditional Baptist missionary entities," Anderson said, "but want to offer an additional way to help churches who want to administer and support their own missions personnel and projects.... We're not trying to create another traditional missions agency to compete with the existing ones. We want to be a broker of missions relationships and resources."

10/28/2003 11:00:00 PM by Ken Camp , Associated Baptist Press | with 0 comments
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