Daehnert elected interim executive director

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The Executive Board has elected William Jan Daehnert to serve as interim executive director.

Here’s the release, including a bit of information about what Daehnert would like to accomplish during his tenure:

DALLAS – The Baptist General Convention of Texas Executive Board elected William Jan Daehnert as BGCT interim executive director Dec. 21.

Daehnert – who worked on the BGCT staff from 1967-1993 and again from 1995-2006 – will assume the post Jan. 14 and serve through the initial weeks of service of the next BGCT executive director, a period that may last several months.

The interim executive director-elect said he has three goals for his tenure – affirm the convention’s staff, assess the BGCT’s financial efficiency and stability and serve as a conduit of information for the next executive director. To accomplish the last goal, he intends to meet with a variety of Texas Baptist leaders from around the state.

“I need to take a lot of notes and prepare everything I can for the new executive director,” he said. “That is find out what groups, what age groups don’t feel connected to the convention. I want to meet people, hear them, know where they’re at. I want to give the next executive director as much information as possible.”

Daehnert has served the convention in a variety of roles. He began by directing the work of Baptist Student Ministries at the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor and the University of North Texas before becoming associate state director of BGCT’s collegiate ministries.

He started the convention’s Human resources office and served there for 10 years. Upon his return to the convention staff, he led the BGCT’s bivocational ministries, directed the convention’s office of church-minister relations and was interim team lead of the BGCT Congregational Leadership Team.

After retiring from the convention in 2006, Daehnert has been assisting in the promotion of WorldconneX, a missions network supported by the BGCT, and helping ministers develop leadership skills.

During his ministry, Daehnert has served as interim pastor at more than 50 churches.

Daehnert holds a bachelor’s degree from Howard Payne University, a master’s degree from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and a doctorate from Fuller Theological Seminary.

The BGCT Executive Director Search Committee is wrapping up the first round of candidate interviews and has started the second. Ken Hugghins, chairman of the committee, said it is unlikely an executive director nominee will be presented to the board before Jan. 1.

The BGCT Executive Board is charged with hiring the convention’s executive director.

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2 Responses to “Daehnert elected interim executive director”

  1. Daehnert Hits the Ground Running As BGCT Interim « Deep in the Heart… Says:

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  2. David Lowrie Says:

    I commend Dr. Daehnert for his top priorities during his days of service among us. Too often our BGCT staff have been caught in the crossfire of warring factions. Too often they have been wounded by “friendly fire”. They need a friend to lead them during these days of transition so they don’t have to worry about their back and they can get back to their work.

    I also commend him on his commitment to our financial stability. Whether we want to admit it or not, finances provide the opportunity and resources we need to accomplish our mission. We need to be good stewards of the resources, but we also need to be respectful and responsive to those who hold the robes. Financial trust is a two way street when the gifts come from volunteers.

    I also commend him on his commitment to be a “listening leader”. It is hard for anyone of us to comprehend the complexity and diversity of the BGCT. As you know when you get two Baptist together you usually have three opinions. I believe one of the keys to the future is to make it easier for our people to be heard. If we want their hearts and their commitment we need to value their voice and perspective. Granted there are times leaders must move against the majority opinion in response to God’s inner voice, but we also need to realize we are the body of Christ and every part is significant and has something to add to the conversation.

    I am encouraged to see Dr. Daehnert’s first steps into this transition. I hope we all rally around him and Joy Fenner as we enter 2008.

    David Lowrie

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