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SBC leader accepts Scouts’ award ‘on behalf of Southern Baptists’

NEW ORLEANS (BP)–The president of the Southern Baptist Convention Executive Committee was honored June 12 by the Association of Baptists for Scouting for his commitment to spiritual, physical, mental and moral development of Baptist youth.

Morris H. Chapman was presented the Good Shepherd Emblem, which is given to adults who have made exemplary contributions to youth through both their church and a youth-serving agency (Boy Scouts of America, Girl Scouts of the U.S.A. or Camp Fire, Inc.). The presentation was made during the Southern Baptist Convention annual meeting in New Orleans.

“I am grateful that the Boy Scouts of America have stood for those principles that are true and right,” Chapman said. “They have been unapologetic in standing for those things which are moral and strong and founded in the Word of God.”

Although the Supreme Court last year affirmed Scouting’s constitutional right to set its own membership rules and exclude homosexual leaders, the Boy Scouts have come under mounting criticism from homosexual activists across the country. Yet Scouting, overall, has continued to grow in participants.

“I am very honored to receive this award, and obviously I receive it on behalf of Southern Baptists,” Chapman said. “The thing I like best about the award is the very fact that it’s named the Good Shepherd award, and it is a reminder that in John, chapter 10, Jesus said, ‘I am the Good Shepherd.'”

John Sullivan, executive director of the Florida Baptist Convention, presented the award to Chapman.

“He has given us a 45-year example of what it means to boost the virtues of Boy Scouts,” Sullivan said.

Chapman, a life scout, was pastor of First Baptist Church, Wichita Falls, Texas, for 13 years before becoming president of the executive committee. The Association of Baptists for Scouting noted that the churches where Chapman pastored were strong supporters of Scouting ministries.

Chapman was presented a certificate which states, “The Association of Baptists for Scouting, in cooperation with First Baptist Church of Franklin and the Middle Tennessee Boy Scouts of America Council, presents the Good Shepherd Emblem to Dr. Morris Chapman for distinguished service leading toward the spiritual, physical and moral development of youth through service to the church and its youth-service agencies.”

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