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  •  it seeks to be top down (0+ / 0-)

    but that is not its history, and so the denominaiton is not really structured for maximum top down leverage, limiting its capacity to act. All congregations are independent and affiiate by choice. The SBC president has some authority to appoint members of boards, such as seminaries, but not all boards.

    The religious right has mostly outorganized everyone else in sending voting reps to the annual meeting where national offices are elected and resolutions passed. Even so, the anti-public ed resolutions have yet to pass. The question is whether that is about to change. And it is a question, not a prediction I am making here. But the movement seems to have enough juice that something interesting may come of it.  

    The last election of national officers was a populist effort to edge out the fundamentalits mega church pastors that had dominated for a long time. But the reform faction was not really less conservative. Just different in tone and emphasis.

    Part of the way the school idea is developing seems to be to package it as a tool of evangelization, and to keep the kids from leaving the church.  So if some kind of resolution to this effect finally passes, it would mean using national resources to promote the program. This might mean incentives, model programs, a lot of persuasion and the power of the bully pulpit. Such a move,and the massive changed that would go with it, would take a lot of time. But the national body would have no way of actually compelling individual churches to go along.

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