from BGCT nomination
___By Marv Knox
___Phil Lineberger has withdrawn his nomination as a candidate for executive director of the Baptist General Convention of Texas.
___Lineberger, pastor of Williams Trace Baptist Church in Sugar Land, had been the choice of a committee seeking a successor to Bill Pinson, who will retire Jan. 31, 2000.
___The committee announced Lineberger as its candidate Aug. 30 and called a Sept. 14 meeting of the BGCT Executive Board to vote on him. That meeting has been cancelled.
___Lineberger reported his decision to withdraw in a letter to the search committee.
___"My mother, a lifelong Baptist who died this year, would have been thrilled to know that one of her children had been considered worthy to lead the great Texas Baptist convention," he wrote.
___"However, after agreeing to be nominated, I could get no peace from God about serving in this high position. My wife, my three daughters and their families spent a week in intensive prayer, but we could not get confirmation in our spirits that God was calling us to this work.
___"Therefore, I respectfully request that I be allowed to withdraw from consideration for the position of executive director."
___Lineberger expressed gratitude for the committee.
___"I really appreciate the confidence the committee had in me," he said in an interview last week.
___"It's a tremendous honor to come from where I came as a kid--walking to church and catching a bus--and then to be asked to coordinate the work of the entire convention was something I never dreamed of.
___"But my family couldn't get any peace about it," he added. "We felt that evidently God did not intend for us to take this position."
___The search committee will continue its work as before, reported its chairman, Bill Brian, an attorney and member of First Baptist Church in Amarillo.
___"We're mindful of Dr. Pinson's announced retirement date and also of the desirability of the candidate being able to spend some time with Dr. Pinson before he leaves," Brian said. "Beyond that, we will work diligently, but otherwise we don't feel we're working under time constraints."
___When Brian announced Lineberger's nomination, he said the search committee had interviewed four candidates.
___But any statement regarding the status of those candidates or any other possible candidates would be premature, he said.
___The committee will get back to its work and proceed from there, he added.
___"We are confident of the Lord's leading in this dynamic process to the one he has chosen," Brian insisted.
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