The State(s) of our Convention

Between the Times contributor Nathan Finn has teamed up with Oklahoma Baptist Messenger editor Doug Baker in a new editorial titled The State(s) of our Convention. They appreciate state conventions, are troubled by what they think is an “adversarial posture” on the part of some Southern Baptists toward state conventions, and argue for a “core set of ministry priorities” that should guide state conventions in the future. You should read the editorial.

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  1. Louis   •  

    I read the article, and believe it is well written and makes some good points.

    Despite that, I suspect that the article does not recognize the deep differences in the types of SBC churches that our out there. Our church, for example, is not heavily invested in our state convention. Under its management, one college is gone. The religion department in another is not trustworthy. The third college is in good shape.

    Also, the state leadership has not been inspiring. Too many in that office are simply not good leaders, but are people who landed in denominational jobs.

    I am not opposed whatsoever to any church that wants to give as much money as they can to our state convention. That is fine, and I would support a church’s decision to do that.

    On the other hand, our church (which is relatively new) is more motivated by the national missions ministries and programs. That’s where the bulk of our money goes – directly to Nashville, and we have been doing that for the 18 years of our existence.

    The SBC will be fine if churches like ours are respected just as much as I respect the churches who desire to give lots of money to the state. That has not been the case historically. Instead, we are seen as “not supporting cooperative missions” and such.

    The GCR report will hopefully correct this as our contributions will be recognized.

    I hope the trend will continue.

    If the trend continues and we can all live with different types of churches, the SBC will thrive.

    If a spirit of judgmentalism and coercion increases, it will result in a loss of participation, not an increase.

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