A few evenings ago, I found myself sitting in the Overland Park (Kan.) Conference Center next to Joel Sturtevant, an old friend from my college days, as Joel’s son Matthew brought a message during the closing session of American Baptist Churches USA’s biennial meeting,
Do Baptist annual meetings matter if denominations themselves are dying? Some leaders believe denominationalism isn’t dying, but rather is undergoing metamorphosis. Those willing and flexible enough to change still will need the community and networking annual meetings offer.
Compared to Southern Baptist Convention resolutions on the Boy Scouts and protection of children from sex predators, the one urging churches to develop intentional, compassionate ministries for the mentally ill got scant attention from local and national media. But it wasn’t overlooked by Ronnie Floyd,