The Missouri Baptist Convention has elected Springfield minister Kenny Qualls as its new president. The vote was unanimous. Several other decisions of the organization are showing sharp divisions. Delegates are divided about the convention’s lawsuit against five separate agencies which have changed their bylaws to elect their own trustees. The agencies have rejected delegates elected by the convention to sit on their boards. The convention also has voted to remove the name of the long-time denomination newspaper, “The Word and Way,” from its bylaws. A new publication is the official one.