(youtube video added to previous post of Dogs Barking)
It was August 24 2008 that I felt the call to do something. I didn’t know what it was. All I knew was that for several months I had a sense of urgency in finding some way to spread the word that women are equal.
I was sitting in church one Sunday and distinctly heard that my ministry there was through. I had no idea what that meant. The next Sunday I went back to church because I didn’t know what else to do. Again the feeling was so strong that I had to leave this church where Don and I had worshipped for over eleven years.
This church was also affiliated with the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship, but the SBC DNA took over, and the church showed no characteristics of the CBF.
I told Don that we had to start visiting other BGCT Baptist churches and he said he was thinking the same thing. So we started visiting other Baptist churches.
Baptists in Texas generally fall into three groups:
- Those that are more moderate (BGCT – Baptist General Convention of Texas – now Texas Baptists). Baptist General Convention of Texas churches stick with the Baptist Faith and Message 1963. This is the largest group and oldest group.
- Some churches align with the Southern Baptists of Texas Convention (SBTC), which is more fundamental and is an arm of the Southern Baptist Convention. They formed as a protest state convention in 1998. Every one of their churches sign the Baptist Faith and Message 2000.
- Churches that are distinctly Cooperative Baptist Fellowship (there are very few). Most are also aligned with BGCT.
However, many churches align with both state conventions – the BGCT and the SBTC. The DNA of the Southern Baptist Convention prevails in all those churches. Generally they remain aligned with BGCT and give just a few dollars so they can have a sayso in what is being done. But their heart is not with BGCT.
This doesn’t explain it fully as there are hybrids of each group. Each group is fully autonomous.
This may be more than you want to know about the SBC in Texas.
The Baptist General Convention of Texas is holding their annual meeting in November. I received a notice of it, like thousands of other people. They are hurting for money, like the Southern Baptist Convention and the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship are.
I wrote back to them and told them that I knew that they needed money and that they are afraid that if they bring up anything that the churches don’t like – then those churches will go to the other convention and BGCT will lose the money.
I said that I know that you don’t want to bring up the equality issue. I ended it with these words: “But I am not an issue. I am a woman.”