After a legal battle that ended in 2005, the courts found in favor of the Georgia Baptist Convention by ruling that GBC held full controlling interest of Shorter University. After that ruling, changes took place within the leadership to move the College closer to the Georgia Baptist founder’s original purpose of existence.
Knowing this recent history, one would think that anyone seeking employment at Shorter University would be in agreement with the published beliefs and policies set forth by the governing board. I believe it would be hypocritical for staff and faculty not to accept and reflect the moral and spiritual values Shorter University now endeavors to uphold.
I have been a Southern Baptist all my life, and I can assure you that there are things that have happened within the denomination that I have opposed. I have chosen not to leave, because I still believe the core Southern Baptist doctrine. As long as I stay, I believe it is only right for me to accept what Southern Baptist believes even if I may not fully agree with or understand every aspect. I would never expect the denomination to change based on my understanding.
No matter what ones personal beliefs are, the fact is Shorter University is a Southern Baptist affiliated school. Faculty and students alike must decide for themselves whether they want to be a part of it or not. The university trustees’ responsibility is to be true to their mission and purpose.
Unfortunately, a parting of the ways is sometimes necessary as demonstrated by Rome First Baptist and North Broad Baptist leaving the Southern Baptist Convention and joining the more liberal Cooperative Baptist Fellowship. Sometimes if parties cannot agree on basic beliefs, a separation results in a win-win situation for all concerned.
Again, I know there are many wonderful people who have been students and faculty at Shorter over the years. Some have been and are now an important part of my life. I appreciate and cherish each and every one of them. I also believe some of them could not in good faith agree with the latest actions at Shorter, but I also believe they would have to agree when all is said and done that Shorter University is a Georgia Baptist College.