Yes, Al Mohler’s pastor was elected head of SBC’s NAMB
Kevin Ezell, pastor of Louisville, Kentucky’s, Highview Baptist Church, has according to the Louisville Courier-Journal “been elected president of the North American Mission Board, a vast network of more than 5,000 Southern Baptist missionaries and other church workers.”
Pastor to Southern Baptist Theological Seminary President Al Mohler, Ezell was elected by some undisclosed margin of the NAMB trustees, “despite public opposition from Baptist state executives from Louisiana and Arkansas. They lauded Ezell as a pastor and a person, but cited Highview’s approach to missions funding.”
The church directs most of its mission funding to specific causes and gives relatively small amounts through the Cooperative Program — the denomination’s unified budget that funds the board, international missions, education and other causes — and through an annual Easter offering to the board.
Opponents said Ezell would have a difficult time persuading other churches to support the Cooperative Program and the Easter offering, which provided two-thirds of the board’s revenue in 2009, according to its annual report.
NAMB has been troubled and a focus of controversy in the Southern Baptist Convention. For example, the possibility of merger with the similarly troubled International Mission Board was recently noised about, and dropped.
Ezell is of course restrained, logical and analytical in his approach to problems and criticisms. In responding to those who raised questions about his nomination, he said:
Because of the visibility of the position, there are people across the United States who want to look for things that perhaps I do not do as well or they think we should do different, and perhaps be critical of myself or of Highview, just to try to get their name in the paper. Typically those are bloggers who live with their mother and wear a housecoat during the day. Just ignore them, but I apologize if you are hurt by anything that they might say about me or indirectly about you.
What do you think? Can the SBC expect Ezell to create the free flow of valid data required to restore general confidence in NAMB policies, procedures and claims?
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