I am new to the SBC, and Baptists in general, as I was saved and attended for a long time in a charismatic church (which doctrines I generally refute as I've grown in Christ). So I don't understand the hoopla surrounding the convention and all the politics involved. One thing that attracted me to my current church (and the Baptists churches) was the local governing of the church. And I still believe that for the most part, SBC churches adhere to this. But I see all the discussions and arguments concerning the SBC, it's board members, it's trustees, it's programs, and I wonder why? I thought the purpose of the convention was to be a sharing of resources by individual churches to promote missions and education. I thought the convention was supposed to basically run in the background, and leave the theology for the churches. I don't disagree with the concept of the convention, but am I wrong in thinking that it's grown way larger than what it was intended to?