According to the Christian Post, several North Carolina churches have cut their ties with Surry Baptist Association over the group’s decision to expel a church for having a female pastor.
First Baptist Church of Mount Airy voted overwhelmingly to withdraw from the association due to the expulsion of nearby Flat Rock Baptist Church for appointing the Rev. Bailey Edwards Nelson as senior pastor.
Piney Grove Baptist Church of Mount Airy also decided to leave the association, with an unanimous vote taken last week.
“In our congregation, and in several other congregations, there was strong disagreement with the action, the biblical interpretation given for the action, and the way the issue was handled,” said Roger Gilbert, pastor of First Baptist Church, in a statement.
“The whole process was open and respectful of all. We now plan to move forward, leaving this behind us, working in partnership with those churches who want to work with us.”
The Rev. Bailey Edwards Nelson, the pastor of Flat Rock Baptist Church whose appointment began the controversy, told The Christian Post on Wednesday that the churches leaving the association based their vote on more than the SBA’s decision to expel Flat Rock.
“Members of both churches were bothered not only by the SBA’s stance against women serving as pastors, but also by the way in which the matter was handled,” said Nelson.
via Christian News
For these churches, the ‘fellowship test’ was broken because of the woman pastor issue, but in the opposite way you would think.
What keeps your church from working with other churches? Come on… you have a list… and you might be embarrassed to say what’s on it.
Do you work with other churches in your city? If so how?
And when do you say no?
And when does it get to a point where you say… you just do your own thing and leave us out of it?
I’d love to hear your thoughts.