After some searching I found out something very interesting. Dr. Page sought the advice of Dr. Dockery in the formation of this “group of advisers”. It is this very issue that Dr. Page seems to be overlooking and not getting. Dr. Dockery is the President of Union University–the very place that Dr. Frank Page serves as Trustee and will be until 2015. It is the “good ole boy” network that has kept us from dealing with the issues and Dr. Page’s reliance on Dr. Dockery’s assistance clearly pushes the envelope of open and transparent discourse.
Dr. Page has now formed his committee and it speaks volumes about the problem in the convention. The problem, according to Dr. Page, is “practical in nature not doctrinal.” Thus, according to Dr. Page we do not have a disagreement over theology but our disagreement is over how we get along together with the different theological slants that drive us. Dr. Page presented, in this edition of Baptist Press, a more in depth analysis of the task before the “group of advisers”.
With that in mind I want to explore two things the formation of this “group of advisers” says about the issue before us. It is evident this “group of advisers” will have no authority in their outcome. Also, it is evident that the “group of advisers” is formed to present a top-down solution for the issues before the convention.
First, we have another official/unofficial group of people acting in a position that will bring about an official/unofficial solution for a problem.
“My goal is to develop a strategy whereby people of various theological persuasions can purposely work together in missions and evangelism,” Page told Baptist Press.
Page emphasized that the group is “not an official committee” of the convention. He also said additional names could be added to the group.
“It’s a group of helpers helping Frank Page come up with some sort of strategy document.”