Indianapolis Report -- By: Richard C. Weeks

Journal: Central Bible Quarterly
Volume: CENQ 10:4 (Winter 1967)
Article: Indianapolis Report
Author: Richard C. Weeks

Indianapolis Report

Richard C. Weeks

This is our enthusiastic report (July 10, 1966) on the progress of the NTAIBC as an outgrowth of the June meeting at Eagledale Baptist Church in Indianapolis. God was there and, we believe, ruled and over-ruled in wondrous ways.

Any realist anticipation of the Indianapolis meeting recognized that there were many, many difficult problems to work out that would tax a dozen Solomons; so no one who had given serious thought to the proceedings was surprised when knotty decisions were faced. The remarkable thing was the way in which a wonderful spirit of harmony developed after a very rough beginning, so that on Friday, the second and concluding day, not only was practically every decision unanimous but accompanied with an enthusiastic spirit of oneness.

The rough start on Thursday morning was engendered very unwittingly when the question came up as to what messengers had the privilege of being recognized as voting messengers. The letter from the Committee of 25, which went out announcing the meeting, had invited all of the churches circulated (for the most part contributing churches to the WCBM—over 300) to send messengers and have a part in finalizing the structure of the new Association. The idea behind this was that somebody would be necessary to constitute and recognize as the member churches, the 28 churches who had voted into the new Association.

However, the question was immediately raised from the floor if this was not irregular procedure, reminding the body that in Beth Eden Church at Denver last year, the Association was finalized and incorporation voted, and that these 28 churches which had, during the first year, voted into the new Association did now comprise the Association. It was further noted that the Committee of

25 was authorized to proceed with its specifically instructed work and function for the Association only until the churches voting in would gather for business in Indianapolis. Upon reflection, it was recognized by practically everyone present that this was the case. In fact, it was suddenly remembered that this was the big issue at Denver—whether to consummate the Association there, or wait until another year, and the vote had been overwhelming to bring the corporation or Association into existence with the idea that it would probably extend its charter membership more than one year.

When this writer, occupying the chair, ruled that procedurally the 28 churches would be legally the only ones with the right to vote in either the possible modification of the Association or the election of officers, there were some immediate rumblings that threatened the harmony of the meeting. Howeve...

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