Dr. Rick Patrick, Senior Pastor
First Baptist Church, Sylacauga, AL
Executive Director, Connect 316
The recent SBC Today post entitled Helps For the Baptist Search Committee is already making a significant impact in fostering greater understanding between churches and candidates. This article pointed to a resource entitled Questions For Non-Calvinist SBC Pastor Search Committees. The following is a brief testimony showing how effective this questionnaire can be in preventing yet another theologically-driven church split tragedy.
Editor’s Note: This article originally appeared in the Baptist Message and is used by permission. The Wall Street Journal is also running an article regarding this story and we do appreciate Ian Lovett providing us a link to his article.
Prestonwood Baptist Church has announced its decision to escrow gifts previously forwarded to support Southern Baptist cooperative missions and ministries while the congregation discusses concerns about the direction of the Southern Baptist Convention. Continue reading
Honesty. It really is the best policy. Integrity and honesty are important in the home, important on the job, and are certainly important in the ministry. However, that is not always practiced as the case. Most of the time the problem is not a case of outright lying as it is a case of withholding information. This is especially true as it relates to the issue of Soteriology. I believe that a potential pastoral candidate should be open and up front with the pastor search committee and the congregation as to whether he is a Calvinist or a Traditionalist, in the realm of Soteriology. I have had good friends express a desire to recommend me to a particular church and once I find out that the church is not a good fit for me (which may be in worship style or the church might be a Calvinist/Reformed church) I decline their offer to be recommended. Continue reading