Monday, December 01, 2008

Females in the Pulpit Can Keep their Money:
We Don't Want It!

I came across this article that published in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. I will blog about it later... but let it be known to Pastor Julie Pennington-Russell... if the Southern Baptist Denomination refuses to accept financial and leadership blessings and contributions from your church, rest assured... there are many, many church plants and existing churches, missionaries, and para-church ministries that would be honored and privileged to partner with you....

Georgia Baptists take aim at women-led churches
Decatur First Baptist could see role diminished within Georgia Baptist Convention
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Georgia Southern Baptists approved a policy Tuesday aimed at diminishing the role of churches led by women pastors.

The policy is a broad one and provides the Georgia Baptist Convention the ability to refuse donations from entities out of sync with Southern Baptist beliefs. There is only one church that currently falls into that category: the 2,700-member Decatur First Baptist headed by the Rev. Julie Pennington-Russell.

Only men can hold the position as head pastor, but individual churches are independent and can call whom they wish as pastor, according to a Southern Baptist statement of faith. Decatur called Pennington-Russell in 2007.

Last year, there was talk of breaking ties with Decatur First Baptist over Pennington-Russell, said J. Robert White, executive director of the convention.

He and other leaders believed the new policy would be a more prudent move. If convention executives take action, that would allow Decatur First to remain associated with Southern Baptists, but would not accept donations from it. Churches whose gifts are not accepted lose their organization voting privileges and the ability to give to Southern Baptist missions and help programs.

Churches with women in lesser roles, such as deacons or youth ministers, would not be affected, White said. Church conference leaders also could turn down gifts from questionable sources, such as alcohol distributors.

Pennington-Russell was out of town and did not attend the convention.

“I kept waiting for someone from the Georgia Baptist Convention to call us or come visit with me and other leaders of our church to inform us that these matters were being discussed,” she said in an e-mail.

Decatur First Baptist has been in the convention since 1862 and provided leadership and millions of dollars in support over the decades.

“I assumed that a 146-year relationship was worth, at very least, a personal conversation,” she said.

“To me, the saddest ripple effect will be that some members of our church who have faithfully supported Southern Baptist ministries and missionaries through the years, often with money given from their monthly Social Security checks, will have to be told that the [convention] doesn’t welcome their support any longer.”

Follow up article...

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I'm sure they're thinking, "God will provide and reward us for being so righteous."

Can't wait to hear your thoughts on this...