Executive Board resolution praises Missouri WMU
By Allen Palmeri
April 19, 2005
JEFFERSON CITY – The Missouri Baptist Convention (MBC) Executive Board voted unanimously April 12 to approve a resolution of appreciation for the Missouri Woman’s Missionary Union (MWMU) for its decision March 15 to not accept funds from the 2005-2006 Baptist General Convention of Missouri (BGCM) budget and mission offering.
A framed version of the resolution was presented to Executive Board member Eleanore Warner so that she could, in turn, give it to MWMU leaders at their annual meeting in Ellisville. The official presentation was made to MWMU President Lorraine Powers April 15.
“We’re pleased that our WMU is moving towards us, and we certainly want to acknowledge that,” said MBC President Mitch Jackson, pastor, Miner Baptist Church, Sikeston.
The resolution commends the MWMU for moving various events away from Windermere Baptist Conference Center, which is in litigation against the MBC. It also notes that the MWMU has instructed its president to decline requests for participation in BGCM board meetings or exhibits. The MWMU is also praised for how it now functions with fewer MBC staff members.
Executive Board members as well as MBC staff members pledged to continue to look for ways of encouraging and supporting the MWMU.
“I just want to say thank you for your support as the women made an important decision,” Vivian McCaughan, MBC WMU/women’s missions and ministry specialist, told board members. “I appreciate it. I know you had questions, and I’m grateful for what God is doing.”