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Old 01-01-2009, 11:29 AM
Frylock Frylock is offline
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Can a Southern Baptist congregation ordain a woman?

The SBC is against the ordination of women. But it also affirms the autonomy of its local congregations. What does this autonomy amount to? Can a local congregation ordain a woman and still be a member of the SBC?

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Old 01-01-2009, 11:30 AM
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AFAIK, yes, but it won't get invited to the better parties.

Semi-facetious answer, but I think pretty accurate, from what I've read.
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Old 01-01-2009, 12:05 PM
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According to this (apparently Baptist) news analysis from 2000, the Southern Baptist Convention opposed it, but did not appear to have actually ejected any of the (tiny number of) congregations who had employed a woman as senior pastor.

What that article does not actually address is the simple ordination of women. The entire context is a discussion of senior pastors which, to my outsiders view, appears to indicate that women may be ordained aslong as they do not aspire to the top job in the congregation.

This effort to provide a historical perspective says that Southern Baptists began to ordain women in 1964, although their career path following ordination has not been a clear one.
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