Executive Director Search Committee

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Committee Updates

9/03/23

Dear Texas Baptists,

In August 2022, Texas Baptists convened a committee to begin the search for a new executive director following the retirement announcement of Dr. David Hardage. This committee, from its first meeting, has remained prayerfully committed to the responsibility entrusted to it.

Through online and in-person listening sessions, a prospectus evolved that adequately defined the qualities and characteristics of the convention’s next executive director. With firm conviction, we believe God has directed our steps.

After much prayer, dedication, hard work and perseverance, the committee is pleased and humbled to present its nominee to the Executive Board. The Executive Director Search Committee wholeheartedly recommends Dr. Julio Guarneri for the position of Executive Director of the Baptist General Convention of Texas.

We believe Dr. Guarneri meets and exceeds the qualities listed in the search prospectus. His personal characteristics of humility, meekness, and courageous leadership confirmed a sense of calling and affirmed the committee’s selection.

We believe these qualities will further the cause of Christ in carrying out the mission and purpose of Texas Baptists in the days to come.

The committee looks forward to presenting Dr. Guarneri as its candidate for the position of executive director during the next Executive Board meeting September 18-19 in Dallas.

Again, we thank the entire Texas Baptists family for your continued prayers and support as we look forward with anticipation to the next step in this process. God is good, and we are grateful to him for his provision.

In Christ,
Executive Director Search Committee

8/18/23

Dear Texas Baptists,

The Executive Director Search Committee is pleased to announce that a recommendation and candidate for the position of Executive Director of the Baptist General Convention of Texas will be presented at the next Executive Board meeting on September 18 in Dallas.

Final interviews were conducted with the four remaining candidates at the end of July and the first of August. Each candidate proved an effective and significant leader with impeccable character and a heart of service to the Lord and to the mission of Texas Baptists. In fact, all nominees considered from the beginning of our search have shown themselves to be equally gifted and well-qualified Servant Leaders.

We deeply appreciate the monumental prayers offered over the past year for this Committee and its work. Please continue in your faithfulness to pray for the candidate who will be presented, for the Executive Board, and for the exciting days ahead.

In Christ,
Executive Director Search Committee

7/17/23

Dear Texas Baptists,

On behalf of your Executive Director Search Committee, I want to express a heartfelt thanks for your ongoing prayers and support. Your prayers are working - please, keep it up!

Allow me to share a word about your committee. This search committee is comprised of leaders from a variety of backgrounds who like all of you manage demanding schedules and unexpected matters of life, in addition to the work to which we have been called and appointed.

Over the past few months, many on our committee have faced difficult losses or received troubling news of medical diagnosis for immediate family members, but there have also been reasons for celebration: weddings, births, anniversaries, and birthdays. Your prayers have mattered in times of good and bad, and for that, we thank you!

We count it a privilege to meet regularly from across the state to give ourselves to our work in this extraordinary time in the life of Texas Baptists. Honestly, I don’t know how we could do it without your prayers. Let me say it this way: your prayers are not just vital to our work; your prayers are the work.

We want you to know the prospectus derived from last fall’s listening sessions greatly benefited the committee. This guide served to be instrumental in qualifying candidates submitted through the nomination and application process. Every candidate proved to be exemplary in leadership and ministry. Each candidate humbly submitted themselves to the Lord in this process, seeking only God’s will be done.

Through the course of our efforts, difficult decisions were preceded by individual and corporate prayer, open dialogue, and meaningful, lengthy deliberations. A spirit of unity permeates our committee, which continues to be a major impetus behind every decision. In one voice we echo the sentiments expressed by our candidates: God’s will be done.

As of today, the candidate pool has been considerably narrowed. At this time, we are in an extensive, comprehensive process with a small handful of candidates. Following the Lord’s prompting, the final steps of this progression will culminate with a candidate who will be presented to the board for consideration, and then, God willing, publicly announced.

Please continue to pray for your committee. Your prayers have encouraged, directed, sustained, and uplifted each of us. Thank you, Texas Baptists family!

In Christ,
Executive Director Search Committee

5/17/23

Dear Texas Baptists,

The Executive Director Search Committee is grateful for your prayerful support during this season of selection for our convention. We are all thankful that God in His abundance continues to bless this committee as we continue to work together for a common purpose.

As we move forward in the process of calling the next Executive Director, nominations, submission of applications and resumes for the Executive Director position closed on May 7, 2023. The Executive Director Search Committee is now reviewing and processing submissions.

We continue to ask for your prayers for the candidates and the committee as we seek the Lord's guidance and direction. The Executive Director Search Committee will be sending periodic progress updates as we move further into our work.

Thank you, Texas Baptists, for your continued prayers and support.

In Christ,
Executive Director Search Committee

4/6/23

Dear Texas Baptists,

In order to give ample opportunity for the Texas Baptists family to have input into the Executive Director search process, the Executive Director Search Committee has decided to reopen the nomination window as we seek our next Executive Director.

Thank you in advance for your continued prayer and patience as we move forward in the search process.

If you desire to nominate a candidate for the position of Executive Director, please submit your nomination through the online form by clicking the “Nominate” button on this webpage.

If you desire to apply for the position of Executive Director, you may nominate yourself through the same process.

If you previously submitted a nomination, please know that the search committee has contacted all nominees who were previously submitted, so there is no need to re-submit a nomination at this time.

New nominations must be submitted via the online form by Sunday, May 7, 2023.

During this new window for submissions, we will not pause our work but will continue to pray and process those who have previously been nominated.

Thank you again for your prayers, patience and support as we move closer to identifying, confirming and celebrating our next Executive Director.

In Christ,
Executive Director Search Committee

3/3/23

Hello Texas Baptists,

We are writing to share a brief but significant update from the BGCT Executive Director Search Committee.

Dr. David Mahfouz has stepped down from his position as chair of the committee. We are grateful to Dr. Mahfouz for his leadership throughout this complex and vital process. David was instrumental in creating the search prospectus, updated job description and listening sessions that allowed Texas Baptists churches to speak into the selection process.

Moving forward, the BGCT executive board will appoint a new committee chair, and the work of the committee will continue.

We encourage the Texas Baptists family to continue praying for every aspect of this process - the committee members, their careful deliberation and the person God is calling to lead the BGCT into the future.

God bless,
The Members of the Executive Director Search Committee

2/1/23

  • The nomination period for the position of Executive Director closed on Jan 31, 2023. Nominations received through the BGCT ED search site have been placed on the list of nominees.
  • The search committee will start evaluating the list of nominees and engaging in a time of prayer. The committee will then identify the nominees who will be designated as “candidate(s).”
  • Candidates will be asked to submit a resume/vita and complete an application for employment which has been designed for this search process.
  • The search committee is seeking an individual who embodies the attributes described in the prospectus and who possesses the skill-set to serve in the role of ED as outlined in the job description.
  • The search committee has developed a comprehensive understanding of the mission of BGCT, following a six month intensive effort of listening to Texas Baptists, studying the data of the convention, and drawing from the repository of knowledge of Texas Baptist leaders.
  • The search committees next meeting will coincide with the meeting of the Executive Board of the BGCT, which meets in February.
  • The search committee reserves the right to reopen the nomination phase.

12/15/22

The Executive Director Search Committee met December 12th-13th, 2022 and is happy to report that it has made considerable progress.

  • The Personnel Committee of the BGCT Executive Board has approved the updated Job Description for the role of the Executive Director.

  • The Job Prospectus for the Executive Director position is undergoing the final editing process. The prospectus will:

    • Announce the opportunity for employment with the BGCT in the role of Executive Director, notifying potential candidates of the position vacancy

    • Present a historical overview of the BGCT

    • Provide a 5-year statistical portrait of BGCT’s operations and ministries

    • Specify the qualities and experience a successful candidate should, if not all, mostly possess

    • Invite nominations for the position and describe the process the committee will follow in its work to identify and recommend a candidate to the Executive Board of the BGCT

  • The Job Prospectus and Description will be available on the Texas Baptists website the week of January 10, 2023. Nominations for the role must be received by January 31, 2023.

  • A confidential review of nominations will begin in February of 2023.

  • The Search Committee continues to pray and seek the leadership of the Lord.

  • The committee encourages Texas Baptists to continue praying for the committee and its work.

Thank you,
David Mahfouz, Chair, Executive Director Search Committee

9/1/22

The BGCT Executive Director Search Committee held its first meeting on Sunday evening, August 28th to get acquainted and discuss the assignment we have been given by the Executive Board of the BGCT.

  • We are in a season of prayer this fall and have scheduled our first in-person meeting in October of this year.

  • We plan to host listening sessions in November to gather information from Texas Baptists that will assist the committee to develop a position profile.

  • We plan to release the position profile for the next Executive Director and to then start receiving resumes in January of 2023.

  • We will then enter into a time of evaluating resumes and interviewing potential candidates who fit the job profile.

  • We are asking all Texas Baptists to enter into this season of prayer for the ED Search process.

Thank you,
David Mahfouz, Chair, Executive Director Search Committee

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