Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Windermere Board of Director's Action Legal

The Court of Appeals ruled today that the lower court's decision to dismiss the Missouri Baptist Convention case against Windermere was proper. In the ruling the court indicated that the Windermere Board of Directors acted legally when they changed their charter several years ago. I have no desire to rehash the litigation process that has been going on for more than six years. I just want to express my grief at the year's of litigation that have diminished our Baptist witness and the millions of dollars that have been wasted on depositions, legal fees, and court costs. A major portion of Windermere's debt could have been paid off by now if these funds had been redirected to the conference center's ministry. What a waste. I believe those leading the charge for litigation were more interested in control than in Windermere's ministry. Unfortunately, it appears the MBC will continue to enrich the attorneys and force Baptist institutions to spend needed resources on litigation rather than ministry.

Incredible as it seems Windermere has continued to grow and expand its ministry even during some very difficult years when they lost convention funding and a major portion of their revenue when the MBC quit utilizing the conference center for convention activites. This past year was one of the best years in Windermere's 50 years of ministry. The BGCM is committed to supporting this vital ministry with our gifts and our presence. Bettie Jo and I made a personal commitment to Windermere's Building Lives Campaign. Hopefully, many Missouri Baptists will choose to move beyond the years of litigation and begin supporting Windermere again.

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