Southern Baptist leaders face growing controversy over the forced resignation of former Executive Committee vice president Clark Logan on July 1, just one week after the denomination's 2009 annual convention in Louisville, Kentucky.
Logan released a July 6 statement to the Florida Baptist Witness revealing that he was asked to resign before the end of the day on July 1. He also clarified that he was "not involved in, or accused of being involved in, any immoral or unethical action." Executive Committee president Morris Chapman confirmed the veracity of Logan's statement, but would not comment on the reasons for Logan's dismissal, citing a longstanding SBC policy that personnel matters stay private.
The privacy of personnel matters apparently extends to other members of the Executive Committee. Christianity Today spoke with several members of the committee, none of whom knew the reasons for Logan's departure. Each spoke highly of Logan's service to the convention and wondered what might have brought about his dismissal.
"I've known and worked alongside Clark Logan for years. [He] is one of the hardest-working men I've ever known in denominational life," said Russell Moore, dean of the School of Theology at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. "He's also one of the most Christ-like. His sudden, forced resignation is one of the most puzzling things I've seen in a long time."
The timing of Logan's resignation has fueled speculation about conflicting visions held by Chapman and the other officers of the Executive Committee. Chapman has been outspoken in his opposition to the Great Commission Resurgence, a document co-sponsored by Daniel Akin, president of Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, and Johnny Hunt, current president ...