Southern Baptist Convention Expels Historic Church over Women Pastors

Southern Baptist Convention Expels Historic Church over Women Pastors
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The South­ern Bap­tist Con­ven­tion (SBC), the largest Protes­tant denom­i­na­tion in the US, has sparked con­tro­ver­sy by expelling a his­toric Vir­ginia church, First Bap­tist Church of Alexan­dria. The move stems from the church’s dis­agree­ment with the SBC’s stance on women in pas­toral roles.

At their annu­al meet­ing, mes­sen­gers (vot­ing rep­re­sen­ta­tives) over­whelm­ing­ly vot­ed (6,759 to 563) to remove First Bap­tist Church. The church, a mem­ber since the 19th cen­tu­ry and a major con­trib­u­tor to SBC caus­es, affirms women can serve as senior pastors.

This deci­sion aligns with the rec­om­men­da­tion of the SBC’s cre­den­tials com­mit­tee. They believe the church’s “egal­i­tar­i­an beliefs regard­ing the office of pas­tor” con­tra­dict the SBC’s state­ment of faith, the Bap­tist Faith and Mes­sage, which restricts pas­tors to men.

Despite the dis­agree­ment, First Bap­tist Church’s pas­tor, Robert Stephens, empha­sized their 44-year his­to­ry of women in min­istry and their desire to main­tain a pos­i­tive rela­tion­ship with SBC church­es hold­ing dif­fer­ent views.

The expul­sion pre­cedes a vote on a pro­posed amend­ment for­mal­ly bar­ring church­es with women pas­tors from the SBC. This amend­ment received pre­lim­i­nary approval in 2023.

The SBC’s actions high­light a grow­ing inter­nal con­flict over wom­en’s ordi­na­tion as senior pas­tors, an issue gain­ing accep­tance in many Chris­t­ian denom­i­na­tions. This expul­sion under­scores the deep divide with­in the SBC on this topic.

The SBC’s stance on women in min­istry lead­er­ship remains a con­tentious debate. The pro­posed amend­ment vote is expect­ed to sig­nal the denom­i­na­tion’s future direc­tion on this long-stand­ing issue.

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