DRC

DRC

DENOMINATIONAL RELATIONS COMMITTEE

Our Denominational Relations Committee (DRC) has been charged with updating the church regarding denominational doctrinal issues and practices as they relate to our church’s current Statement of Faith and status as a Southern Baptist Church. The Committee is to make recommendations to the church regarding our future denominational involvement, including, but not necessarily limited to:
a. The use of denominational curriculum in various church education settings.
b. Allowing church members to designate a portion of their tithes and offerings to denominations (as well as the subsequent distribution of the church’s undesignated giving).
c. The promotion of specific denominational missions offerings.
d. Any other church policy or practice.

Consistent with the formation of the original Denominational Relations Committee, current committee members include: Deacon Chair, Deacon-Chair Elect, a past Deacon Chairman (who is serving as the Chairman of the Committee), Personnel Committee Chair, Finance Committee Chair, Missions Committee Chair, WMU Director, and three at large members chosen by the Deacon Chair.

Committee Members:
Dave Westberry, Chair (former Deacon Chair)
Lee Scarboro (2021 Deacon Chair)
Lee Vickery (2022 Deacon Chair)
Steve Burgess (2021 Finance Committee Chair)
Jim English (2021 Personnel Committee Chair)
Donna Heald (WMU Coordinator)
Richard Tudor (Mission Committee Chair)
John Corven (at Large)
Lori Bouck (at Large)
Harlan Moret (at Large)
Dr. Gary Shultz (Staff Liaison)

02/14/2022 Update:

In February 2021, we re-established our Denominational Relations Committee (DRC) and charged the Committee with the responsibility of studying and addressing ongoing controversy with our denominational relations based on doctrinal issues and practices.

The specific purpose of the Committee is to update the church regarding denominational doctrinal issues and practices of the CBF as they related to our church’s current Statement of Faith and status as a Southern Baptist Church. We were asked to make recommendations to the church regarding our future denominational involvement, including, but not necessarily limited to, allowing our church members to designate a portion of their tithes and offerings to denominations. We were similarly asked to make recommendations related to the promotion of specific denominational missions’ offerings and/or any other church policy or practice.

Over the past year, the DRC met numerous times. Our Initial Report and Recommendation dealt primarily with the church’s concerns regarding the use of curriculum in various church educational settings. That Initial Report and Recommendation was presented to and approved by our Deacons in June 2021 and church in July 2021.

As part of our continuing study of denominational doctrinal issues and practices, our research and discussions included: an analysis of the trajectories of both the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) and the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship (CBF), including a review of key concerns related to doctrine/theology, social issues, and missions; interviews with key leaders involved with the CBF and the SBC; conversations with church members and leaders; countless hours researching and studying these issues, both individually and collectively; and, most importantly, purposeful time in prayer for the Holy Spirit’s guidance and leading.

On February 12, 2022, the DRC presented its Final Report and Recommendations to the deacons of FBCTLH. The report was accepted and the recommendations were approved by the deacons. On Wednesday, February 23, 2022, the Final Report and Recommendations will be presented to the entire church during our regularly scheduled church business meeting (beginning at 6 PM with prayer), with a four-week waiting period afterwards before we vote so we can think and pray through this motion. Copies of the report will be available for your review at the February 23 meeting.

As a church, we will vote on the DRC’s Final Report and Recommendations at a special called church business meeting on Wednesday, March 23, 2022, at 6 PM. A question-and-answer session with the DRC will take place on Saturday, March 12, at 2 PM. We hope to see you at these meetings and ask that you would join us in prayer as we seek God’s leading for our church.

Coming Events
TBD

Our Committee goal, as with all things, is to honor our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, love one another, and move forward together to accomplish the mission of the Great Commission (Matthew 28:16-20) in the spirit of the Greatest Commandment (Matthew 22:37-40).