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A Private Matter

Forced resignation of Southern Baptist leader prompts calls for transparency.

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 ...

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