Southern Gospel Perspective

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3/03/2005

NQC Reorganization

Well, I've had a while to think it over, so now I will discuss my thoughts on the NQC reorganization.

First of all, I think the idea of bringing younger members into the mix is a great idea. This will help provide for continuity as some of the older board members begin to retire. It should also bring in some new, fresh ideas.

The choice of new members was Scott Fowler and Gerald Wolfe. Both of these young men have been very visible in SG for quite some time. Both are former members of the prestigious Cathedral Quartet. Both men have a history (although shorter in Fowler's case) of successfully running a SG group (business). Do these reasons mean they were the best choice? Not at all, but they certainly look to have all the qualifications necessary. I have the feeling they will move right in and make great contributions.

Another aspect of the change is that full-time SG group members (owners) are replacing relative outsiders (at least in the sense that Cumbee and Farrar do not make their living traveling the SG circuit). This is apparently a conscious effort on the part of the Board, per the press release. The net result may be exactly as the Board wishes, but I think there is something to be said for having an "outsider" or two in the mix. Good Christian business men (like the departing members) could and should add a very different perspective than a group owner.

Also, thrown into this press release is the fact that Clarke Beasley will be taking a position with the state of Kentucky for development of Convention and Trade Show business. The talk of this has gone from speculation of keeping NQC in Louiville, to guesses as to whether Beasley's security in his new job is related to the future of NQC in Kentucky. Of course, all of this is pure speculation by people who (presumably) have no first-hand knowledge of the situation.

Finally, there is more second-guessing of the decision here, with some suggesting the choice should have included females (how do we know who was actually considered?), members/owners of more progressive groups, or some "less-conservative" choices. It seems to me that we (the general SG consumers) probably don't have enough information to even make valid suggestions. We look at "so and so" group and they look extremely successful, but how do we REALLY know what their financial and spiritual situation is? Perhaps they drive around in the best bus, with the best clothes, and the best audio equipment because they are "up to their eyeballs" in debt. I would hope that the vetting process used by the NQC Board would reveal these things and leave them with the best possible candidates for the open positions. This is my prayer and hope, anyway.

That's my take, what do you think?

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