Each trustee of the International Mission Board, including the new trustees elected by the SBC last month, has been assigned to serve on a regional committee as well as one of the five major committees --- Administration, Finance, Mission Personnel, Mobilization or Overseas. Those trustees serving on the Trustee Orientation Committee will serve on three committees.
I have not been assigned to serve on any committee for 2006/2007. In addition, the previous Chairman stated his intentions to keep me from attending the Forum or Executive Sessions (closed door meetings), and the new Chairman, John Floyd, has publicly stated his intentions to do the same.
I have been told that to bar a trustee from attending a meeting where all trustees are convened, without Southern Baptist Convention approval, is a violation of the bylaws, and possibly the law. However, rather than making an issue of this, I am choosing to abide by the wishes of the Chairman and will not attend the Forums and Executive Sessions until such a time I believe it is essential to do so or I am asked, whichever comes first. I am hoping that most of the business that is conducted, except for those issues involving security matters, will be in the plenary (or public sessions).
I am going to list the Chairman of the various committees, appointed by Dr. John Floyd. But before I do, I will list the new Executive Committee of the IMB. They act as the Board in between meetings and will control the direction of the Board meetings by setting the agenda.
The Executive Committee of the International Mission Board for 2006/2007
John Floyd, Chairman of the Board
Chuck McAlister, Chairman of the Overseas Committee
A.C. Halsell, Chairman of the Finance Committee
Steve Hill, Chairman of the Administration Committee
Kyle Cox, Chairman of the Mobilization Committee
Paul Chitwood, Chairman of the Mission Personnel Committee
John Russell, Vice Chairman of the Board
Sam Morgan, 2nd Vice Chairman of the Board
Sharon Tillery, Secretary of the Board
Subcommittee Chairmen of the International Mission Board
Bill Sutton, Chairman of Central and Eastern Europe
Jerry Corbaley, Chairman of South Asia
Winston Curtis, Chairman of Northern Africa and Middle East
Bill Sanderson, Chairman of East Asia
Doug Merck, Chairman of Pacific Rim
Joe Washington, Chairman of West Africa
Clint Henry, Chairman of Western Europe
Bill Hickman, Chairman of Central Asia
Steve Swofford, Chairman of Eastern and Southern Africa
Mike Butler, Chairman of Middle America and Caribbean
Jeff Ginn, Chairman of South America
These men (sorry ladies, no women chairs) meet every Board meeting with the Executive Committee meet every Board meeting on Monday in what is called "The Chairmen's Council."
So . . .
Our next International Mission Board meeting will be Monday through Wednesday, July 17-`19, 2006 in Richmond, Virginia. There will be no appointment service at this meeting, but the trustees will meet with the staff during their regular chapel service on Wednesday morning.
I always enjoy going to Richmond because it means an opportunity for me to visit with the missionaries at the Missionary Learning Center and to stop in and say hello to all the staff in Richmond. Rachelle will be accompanying me to this meeting as she did in Albuquerque.
In His Grace,