Perhaps it happens in other faiths, but does it seem like Baptist churches, in general, "split" more than any other denomination out there? Reading one of the other threads about participating with other churches made me think about this. Before attending the Primitive Baptist Church, I went semi-regularly to an Independent Baptist Church. The church was not big to begin with (which was a draw for me) but they had TWO ministers. One was the full-time minister, and the other guy was a full-time psychiatrist and the part-time minister. When I started attending there, they traded off on Sundays and sometimes one would teach sunday school. I thought that it might be more interesting with having trade-offs with the sermons. Anyway, the psych guy's whole family had attended this church for many years and they were all quite active members. I immediately liked the psych guy and his family and loved his sermons (often provided outlines for us). I also immediately didn't much care for the full-time minister who seemed very stiff and not very warm as far as what you'd expect a minister to be. He wound up sitting across from me at a fellowship dinner one time, and I casually asked him if he ever attended the ministers' prayer breakfasts that our town has once a month for any minister who wants to attend. He said "no, I find it hard to fellowship with other ministers who believe baptism is what saves a person"...he was talking about the local Church of Christ and some of the Disciples of Christ-Christian Churches in our area. The breakfasts were for fellowship only and were not to be a means to "convert" one another. I thought that his statement said a lot about him and never tried to converse with him after that. Not long after that conversation, the psych guy started preaching less and less and the full-time guy was nearly always at the pulpit. I finally gave up on trying to be there on a Sunday when the guy I liked would preach. I quit going in mid-December. Then in February, I got a call from another member who said that our psych/part-time minister guy had left the church due to differences with the full-time minister. I actually sensed some rifts long before this happened though. Latest news on this group is that almost ALL the congregation has left with several going to the church that the psych guy and his family now attend. I thought it was very sad that the full-time minister didn't realize that it was time for HIM to move on. What few people are left surely cannot support him and his wife (I did like the guy's wife though). Anyway, I was sad for the way that things ended up. That's basically why I now attend the Primitive church now. I have to drive about 12 miles to get to it since it's out in the country and this other Independent Baptist church was right here in town. Was interested in any other stories you might have.