The Kentucky Baptist Commission's administrative committee has
recommended that it not renew its relationship with Georgetown
College -- a matter that will be the subject of a November
Founded in the late 1700s, Georgetown
College was the first Baptist college west of the Allegheny
mountains. But over the last decade, the school has sought to
increase the number and influence of non-Baptist board members, and
in 2005 decided to end its covenant relationship with the KBC. That
means the state convention would no longer be appointing trustees
or contributing funding to the college.
KBC executive director Paul Chitwood
describes a further change.
"Georgetown is a liberal
arts college that has recently released a Christian identity
statement, and that Christian identity statement qualified them in
a more general and maybe more ecumenical way than [as] a Southern
Baptist or Kentucky Baptist institution," he explains.
So the school will be defined in the future in a much broader
way, meanwhile losing about $1 million in KBC funding.
"Of course, we have convictions about the Word of God and about
our Baptist polity and theology, and so we want to invest those
missions dollars into works, whether it's an institution or an
individual, that are of like faith and practice and that are
concerned about the things we're concerned about, interpreting
scriptures the way we interpret them," Chitwood shares.
The Mission Board is expected to place the recommendation before
the November 13 annual meeting of the Kentucky Baptist
Since "redefining" its formal relationship with the KBC,
Georgetown College has established agreements with four
African-American Baptist conventions, the Baptist World Alliance,
and the International Baptist Convention.