Mike Day, the Director of Missions for the Mid-South Baptist Association (SBC) thinks so:
“A new paradigm is on the horizon,” Day told those attending the “Baptist Identity II” conference at Union University Feb. 15. “It is not a fully developed paradigm. It is at the stage where it is embraced by a few, touted by a few, and discussed and dismissed by the many. But it is emerging.”
The article continues:
Day called for associations to quit directing church programs. He called for associations to turn control of all properties and programs over to local churches. Instead, he says they should exist only to help support what churches are doing.
He also suggested associations be organized regionally in a manner that would eventually allow for state conventions to morph into these new supplementary regional associations.
Day said associations and state conventions were never established to be superior to local churches, but that is how they operate today. And as associations and conventions have lost influence, so too have local churches.
“[Southern Baptists] will proclaim autonomy as sacred and necessary,” Day said. “Yet we behave sometimes like we require the approval of others or we behave as if we have the right to approve. It’s an implied hierarchy, for sure. We won’t ever admit that it exists.”
Because of that, Day says, services are duplicated at the church and associational levels, churches lose influence, funding structures become more bureaucratic, and mission dollars get stretched even thinner.
“Now, some of you are wondering what in the world am I eating, what am I smoking?” Day joked. “I know what the SBC has been saying and I know about the massive restructuring in 1995. I know we say the focus is on the local church.”
“But my question is, has the church gotten that message? Does the church realize that is what we’re about? I would say based on the predicament we are in, it has not heard the message, or we have not done a good enough job communicating it clearly.”
And according to Day, that must be changed. The new paradigm must be church-driven, priority-based, resource-focused, strategically managed and regionally oriented.
Read the remainder of the article HERE
I am beginning to wonder about the future of my own association (the GARBC). It seems my association is intent on replacing confessional unity with a kind of anti-reformed doctrinal uniformity. According to THIS ARTICLE
, it seems the GARBC is purposely ostracizing all who would hold to any form of 'limited atonement'
or 'historic premillennialism.'
What are the implications of the GARBC's anti-reformed doctrinal uniformity? Charles Spurgeon, B. B. Warfield, and John Bunyan would not be welcome in my association.
Makes me wonder if I am welcome in my own association.
Labels: associations, dispensationalism, GARBC, SBC