A Woman’s Place Is Not…

Southern Baptist Convention’s North American Mission Board (NAMB) issued a statement last week promising that “only qualified men” will “serve as the communicator for teaching and preaching” at church plants endorsed by NAMB.

The new NAMB statement says: “Our ministry assignment is to serve our brothers and sisters across the convention in autonomous SBC churches. We recognise there are differing views on how best to interpret and apply Article VI of The Baptist Faith and Message, which affirms the truth that ‘both men and women are gifted for service in the church and that ‘the office of pastor is limited to men as qualified by Scripture.’ We will continue to partner with and assist any cooperating churches. We believe it best, however, to reserve endorsement and funding for planters who are willing to reflect the practice of most Southern Baptists in this issue.”

Following this policy, the statement explains, is akin to following NAMB’s policy that church planters “abstain from alcohol in their personal practice as well as in church-sponsored events.”

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  1. Exclusion is the last refuge of the impotent. If one is not “with it,” then the only option is to shut others out. ‘Tis a primitive response.