Saturday, May 06, 2006
Controvery over Elders in Memphis Church
Germantown Baptist Church (a large SBC congregation outside Memphis, TN) is engaged in a nasty internal battle over church government (see the Memphis Commercial Appeal article ). It seems the Pastor and staff have recommended a constitutional change that would implement the formation of an elder body and a sizeable contingency has offered firm resistance. The opposition even has their own website, and the former pastor has issued a blistering attack on the church's current leadership with some (to be plain honest) ignorant charges like adopting an elder body in a Baptist church makes it a Presbyterian one (an audio file is posted on the GBC website!).
A showdown church conference vote is set for tomorrow, Sunday May 7. Pray for this church as it struggles through this.