COLUMBUS, Ohio (BP) — A Louisiana director of missions has urged pastors in the Baptist association he leads to raise questions about new personnel policies of the International Mission Board (IMB) during the IMB’s report at the June 16–17 annual meeting of the Southern Baptist Convention, according to a June 10 report by the Southern Baptist TEXAN newsjournal.
Lonnie Wascom, a former IMB trustee and director of missions and ministries for the Northshore Baptist Association in Hammond, Louisiana, wrote in a June 2 email to the almost 100 pastors in the association that he has “major concerns” related to the missionary qualifications policy adopted by IMB trustees during their May 12–13 meeting in Louisville, Kentucky.
IMB spokesperson Wendy Norvelle said, “We look forward to clarifying the content and intent of these policies during the convention for anyone who has questions.”
IMB President David Platt said, “We want it to be simple and clear that what’s driving us doctrinally is what all these churches [of the Southern Baptist Convention] have agreed on in the Baptist Faith and Message. We’re tethering ourselves to the Baptist Faith & Message, and we tethered ourselves to it in such a way that if the Southern Baptist Convention were to edit or adjust the Baptist Faith & Message a year from now or two years from now or whenever, then that would adjust the way we work.”
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