that Article IV of the SBC Constitution be amended to require that on each board and committee 40 percent of members come from churches with fewer than 200 people in Sunday morning worship, 35 percent come from churches with between 200 and 1,000 and 25 percent come from churches with more than 1,000, submitted by Les Puryear of Lewisville Baptist Church in Lewisville, N.C.
He plans to attend the XComm when it is taken up and discuss it. The Executive Committee should ask Les if he is after any more seminary professor's job like he was earlier this year. After that they can pronounce his motion unworkable, unnecessary, and unhelpful because (a) The SBC doesn't need a quota system for messengers, (b) the logistics of the thing is doable but complicated (Do you count just one or all Sunday morning services? Do we trust the churches to submit accurate counts? Why should a church of 100 be alloted greater value than a church of 1500? Does that church contribute more? Baptize more? What about trustees whose church slips below or moves above one of the arbitrary thresholds? Do they have to resign because the mix is messed up?)
I would offer a simpler, more reasonable alternative. Limit the number of individuals from a single church (of whatever size) who can be elected as active trustees on SBC entity boards. I don't know what number that should be but there is no reason to concentrate the hundreds of trustee and committee positions in a handful of megachurches.
A few years ago Ben Cole, our former Baptist blogger who is now a Roman Catholic, did a piece on trustee inbreeding that showed just how concentrated key positions are in a very few churches.
There are plenty of qualified, quality people among the millions of SBCers. I hope Bryant Wright recognizes this and stops the practice of relying on a few megachurches for key people. I also hope the Nominating Committee stops shuffling the same people from board to board when their terms are up.
Drop kick the Puryear quota system but embrace a limit on trustees from a single church. That's a limit I can live with.