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  •  Sometimes it's just a turf war... (8+ / 0-)

    For instance, the Southern Baptist Convention's doctrinal statement says that the office of "pastor" is limited to men.

    That hasn't stopped thousands of SBC churches from ordaining and hiring women as "pastor of education," "youth pastor", "minister of music", "children's pastor", and the like.

    It's just that one last glass ceiling--being THE senior pastor of an entire congregation--that remains closed to women.  It's also one of the few things (along with hiring or ordaining gay clergy, or officiating/hosting a same-sex marriage) that will provoke a "withdrawal of fellowship" from the association/Convention - i.e. the church's peers kicking them out.

    At one time, there were over 2000 ordained female pastors (primarily chaplains) in the SBC, dating back to the first ordination of a woman to the pastorate in 1964. For decades, no one said "boo" - then the "conservative resurgence" occurred.

    Yes, it has become a litmus test for SBC conservatives. Personally, I think it's a symbol without substance; what they're REALLY testing is the church's adherence to biblical inerrancy, which is on the wane among rank-and-file Baptists. (It's also a direct move toward creedalism, which is anathema to old-school Baptists, but that's a different story.)

    It's a losing battle, if you ask me. The SBC churches I've attended wouldn't hesitate to hire a female senior pastor if we believed her to be the right person for the job.

    The word "parent" is supposed to be a VERB, people...

    by wesmorgan1 on Sat Dec 14, 2013 at 02:41:46 PM PST

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