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Baptists elect new general secretary

17 May 2013

by a staff reporter

THE Baptist Union has appointed its first woman general secretary, the Revd Lynne Green.

Mrs Green has been elected after serving as a Regional Minister and Minister of Wokingham Baptist Church. She has also served on the Baptist Union Council. After her election, she said that Baptists were ready for "generational change", and that it was time "to cast off the institutional mindset".

The Moderator of Trustees, Jenny Royal, who proposed the appointment, said: "This is an exciting appointment for the Baptist Union and we are confident that Lynn is the right person to lead our Union at this strategic time. She brings many gifts and vast experience to the task."

Mrs Green will replace the Revd Jonathan Edwards, who is stepping down as general secretary after the post was restructured as part of a cost-cutting drive.

The position of general secretary has been merged with general manager as part of a £1.2-million restructuring process, which includes reducing the staff at the Didcot headquarters to 32, from 46.

The appointment was endorsed by the annual Baptist Assembly, held last week in Blackpool. About 1500 Baptists attended. Its central theme was the text of Philippians.

The Assembly was hosted jointly by the Baptist Union and BMS World Mission. Eighty-three new ministers were transferred to the fully accredited list, and several mission workers were sent on new ministries overseas. Delegates also heard about a new initiative of BMS World Mission, Project Cyrus, which asks churches and individuals to pray collectively over the next two years for change in North Korea.

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