I move that the Executive Committee authorize our Chairman to execute the contract with Guidepost that we received on October 1, 2021 which includes waiver of attorney-client privilege in accordance with the action of the messengers to the 2021 Southern Baptist Convention.
— Jared C. Wellman (@JaredcWellman) October 5, 2021
After some debate both for and against the motion, the EC went into executive session for a second time to hear from its attorneys. Upon returning, EC member Rob Showers offered a motion as an alternative to Wellman’s. Among other stipulations, it said “the EC will consider waiver of attorney-client privilege at the appropriate time.” If approved, the motion would have replaced Wellman’s, but committee members narrowly rejected it, with 51 percent opposed.
There was then further debate for and against the Wellman motion before the committee finally voted on it in a process that was plagued by confusion, despite being an improvement on last week’s voting process. Nearly 1,800 people were watching the livestream as the vote took place.
After all of this effort, there was a moment at the end of the meeting when it seemed that the decision to approve Wellman’s motion might be invalidated as Gregory questioned whether the entire meeting after his report had been out of order. Parliamentarian Barry McCarty, however, said that it had been in order to consider any motions introduced after that report.
— Ed Litton (@EdLitton) October 5, 2021