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A Consideration of the Governance Structure of the Baptist General Association of Virginia

The Governance Committee of the Baptist General Association of Virginia has issued a document titled “A Consideration of the Governance Structure of the Baptist General Association of Virginia”.

This document is available here [PDF].

The committee members are:

  • Jim Baucom, Committee Chair
  • Don Davidson, Committee Vice-Chair
  • Carl Johnson, BGAV President and Committee Secretary
  • Glenn Akins, Staff, Ex-Officio
  • Steve Allsbrook
  • Dick Bidwell
  • Pat Bloxom
  • Ann Brown
  • Dan Carlton
  • Mark Croston
  • Darrell Foster
  • Tommy McDearis
  • Eddie Stratton, Staff, Ex-Officio
  • John Upton, Staff, Ex-Officio

Here is the beginning of the document:

Among the most important decisions any organization makes is the manner in which it will steward its governance: the processes by which identity is guarded, decisions are made, and accountability is sustained. When the organization is a religious non-profit, such as the Baptist General Association of Virginia, its governance structure must be consistent both with biblical principles of leadership and the organization’s stated mission.

The Constitution and Bylaws of the General Association state: “The object of the General Association shall be to furnish the Baptist churches of the General Association a means of cooperation for the propagation of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, and for the advancement of the Redeemer’s Kingdom by all methods in accord with the Word of God. There shall be full recognition of the autonomy of the local churches.”

Accordingly, the governance structure of the General Association should facilitate “the advancement of the Redeemer’s Kingdom” in the most efficient and effective manner possible while sustaining transparency and accountability to and for those autonomous local churches in “cooperation for the propagation of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.”

Across its nearly 200-year history, the General Association has employed numerous governance models for this purpose, modifying and replacing former structures as needed in response to growth and changing circumstances.

Read the rest.