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Southern Baptist Mission Board President Resigns

Geoff Hammond and three associates resigned from the SBC's North American Mission Board after reports of management concerns emerged.

President Geoff Hammond and three of his associates resigned their positions on the North American Mission Board today after an e-mail circulated that Hammond might be removed over management concerns.

An e-mail from Jason Pettus to trustees was leaked last month, addressing rumors that Hammond might be fired.

"[Trustee chairman Tim Patterson] said that some on the executive committee had strong negative feelings about Geoff," Pettus wrote, according to the Baptist Press. "He said that some on the executive committee were very 'angry' and 'frustrated' with Geoff."

Pettus said Patterson, who is pastor of Hillcrest Baptist Church in Jacksonville, Fla., identified three issues some trustees have with Hammond:– that Hammond had stopped meeting with an executive leadership coach trustees had hired to work with him and was seeking a different coach,– that Hammond had hired an administrative associate without consulting trustee leadership,– that morale among board staff is at "an all-time low and ...
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