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  • Saturday, September 20, 2008

    A Weakness of a Strong Church (/denomination) which Denies Connectionalism

    Nationally, the Southern Baptists have adopted statements discouraging women from being pastors, but their 42,000 U.S. churches are independent and a few have selected women to lead their congregations.


    Quote taken from here.

    3 comments:

    jazzycat said...

    What do you mean by connectionalism?

    swordbearer said...

    I do not refer to it as Methodism does, but as one put it on the Puritan Board: "...a word some of us... use to describe churches that are not merely in a loose confederation or convention, but consider ourselves to be organically whole."

    For example, consider the handling of the matter of the Acts 15 matter in Acts 16.

    Also, this article my provide some insights into church government, though it doesn't speak directly to connectionalism: http://bhpca.mypublicsquare.com/view/pca-a-hierarchical

    I'll see if I can find some additional resources for you.

    jazzycat said...

    I thought that was what you meant. Overall I think our (Presbyterian) form of church government is superior. However, the congregational form that the Baptist have seems to be really good for rapid growth.

    A Baptist church can split and in no time each new church will be larger than the orginal.....