From around the web: The Future of the SBC—Local Associations

Note from Josh: Over time, I will gather some of the more prescient articles concerning the future of associations here. I will always link to the original source.

SOURCE: The Exchange, a blog by Ed Stetzer

Within my denomination, the Southern Baptist Convention, there are three levels of partnership: associations, state conventions and the national convention. Churches connect to the local association, which comprise the smallest area of the three.
There are similar structures in other denominations, often called districts, diocese, or conferences, with varying levels of autonomy from the national structure.
Yet, the way churches connect is rapidly changing. This new reality is causing strain on historical relationships, like those with associations.
The question is how will associations respond. As I do this closing series from my LifeWay Research role, here are my thoughts. (click here to read more)

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From the web: The Middle East, the SBC, and the Future of Local Associations

Note from Josh: Over time, I will gather some of the more prescient articles concerning the future of associations here. I will always link to the original source.

SOURCE: ConventionalFutures.com

By Darren Casper, Director of Plant Midwest and Associate Executive Director of the Saint Louis Metro Baptist Association

A few years ago I was sitting in a fourth story apartment in the heart of a very prominent city in the Middle East. Inside that apartment were a few other American pastors like myself who were exploring potential partnerships in that part of the world. Also present were several IMB personnel, as well as leaders from other GCC (Great Commission Christian) organizations.

We had gathered together to discuss a strategy for reaching the city, but we spent almost all of our time together praying. In a secluded upper room of a key global city, I was privileged to witness leaders from different organizations passionately crying out to God for the lost. Little did I know it at the time, but that prayer meeting taught me a lot about what my future would like back in the United States. Just a few short years later, I would be serving as an Associate Director in our association—and, eventually, as the Executive Director of a church planting network called Plant Midwest. And the lessons I learned from that one prayer meeting would continue to impact my ministry. (click here to read more)

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Internal Reality Questions

Over the course of my presentations, I have often led groups to consider ways they may evaluate the internal realities of their associations. The questions are not difficult to create, but the answers to those questions can be illuminating, thought-provoking, and sometimes uncomfortable. I offer it as a tool to help association leaders consider their organizations from a different perspective.

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The Next Era of Baptist Associations

sbclifebannerThe May 2013 issue of SBC Life featured an article I wrote about the future of associations. In the print copy, the article was wrongly attributed to both Bob Ryan and myself, but the thoughts are entirely my own. The entire issue of that month’s SBC Life was dedicated to associational awareness. The article appears here.

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Churches Cooperate to Reach Houston with the Gospel

UBA_Logo_Transparent cOn the surface, it’s a shameless plug. The Union Baptist Association, of which I’m a staff member, was featured in the June 2013 edition of SBC Life because the SBC Annual Meeting was happening in Houston. But more than that, I believe in the cooperative efforts of our churches, their ministries, and the work of the UBA staff members whom I work alongside. So if you missed the article, here it is.

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Cooperation with Like-Minded Evangelicals

guidestone_logoIn discussing the future of the association in terms of membership, partnership, and cooperation, I raised the question of like-minded evangelicals becoming active parts of SBC associations. Some associations around the country are pursuing this line of thinking, acknowledging that many churches follow a theology that is in lock step with one of the Baptist Faith and Message statements in every aspect except claiming denominational affiliation. Of course, there is some resistance to the depth of partnership such a move would entail, and some fear that level of partnership is more akin to compromising Baptist distinctiveness.

In their annual article summarizing the report of the SBC Executive Committee, the Baptist Press notes that messengers approved Guidestone Financial Resources to extend services to like-minded evangelicals through the creation of two wholly-owned subsidiary corporations. The article quotes O.S. Hawkins, “We are only requesting the opportunity to serve a larger audience because we firmly believe it will enhance our ability to serve our Southern Baptist pastors in a more cost-effective manner for the long-term.” Just as Guidestone has recognized the benefits of a larger audience available to them without a theological compromise, I believe associations will soon ask their own messengers to make a similar decision for similar reasons. Associations would benefit financially, but that is not the real benefit. The kingdom of Christ benefits when the body of Christ works together. Though there are additional steps to take for associations to experience a fuller level of cooperation across denominational lines, this would be a key first step.

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