First Steps Toward Conventionism -- By: George J. Carlson

Journal: Central Bible Quarterly
Volume: CENQ 02:2 (Summer 1959)
Article: First Steps Toward Conventionism
Author: George J. Carlson

First Steps Toward Conventionism

George J. Carlson

The subject that is listed in our program for this Central Area Regional Conference is “The Central Area Conference and the New Conservative Baptist Convention.” I speak on this subject both as the Central Area CBA Vice-President and as a responsible officer of the CBA and of this CBA regional conference. This marks my third year as Central Area Vice-President and the end of my tenure of office. According to our constitution, the Central Area Vice-President can succeed himself only twice.

Action was taken in our annual meeting in Brooklyn by the CBHMS and also by the CBFMS which affects the regional conference meetings of our CBA, and it is of the affect that that action has upon our regional conference that I am speaking this morning. In the past I as the regional vice-president have met with the local pastor where the conference was to be held and have gone over the program and the conference with him and then have consulted with my Board and they went over the program and approved it, and then after everything was all right we proceeded to have the program printed. In the course of preparing the program we would contact the CBHMS and the CBFMS and ask which missionaries they would want to speak in the program and what time would be needed for transaction of their business. That has been the method of preparing the program.

For this year’s program I met with the regional board members at Brooklyn and said, “Now as we look forward to our regional conference, here in the national meeting we have before us discussion of amendments in the Foreign Society and Home Society. What should be the procedure for the program of the regional conference that will be at Eau Claire? Shall I proceed as I have done other years, or shall we take into consideration the things that are being done by the amendments to the Constitutions?” The Board said we would proceed as we have done in other years. So I pointed out that if these amendments were passed by the two mission societies they would change the regional conference and would take away its independence. In that they would be modifying or changing the regional conference, they would have an affect of change upon the constitution of CBA. And so we proceeded to plan our program.

The Board decided on the speakers and I contacted the local pastors here. I contacted the other offices in Chicago and they named the missionaries for this conference. Also our general director called the CBFMS to find out what business they would have to take care of at this conference. Since there, was some question about the whole meaning of the action taken at Brooklyn, it was indicated that nothing would be done this year. The Home Society indicated that business would correspond t...

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