Texas Baptists on the Associational Level

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  1. Hardsheller

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    How is the Division in Texas between the BGCT and the SBTC playing out on the Associational Level?

    This is a serious question since I'm serving on an associational strategy planning committee here in Missouri where there is a repeat of the Texas split currently in progress.
     
  2. go2church

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    The SBTC doesn't have associations, not yet anyhow. Well there are a few in the Dallas area and the Houston area, but they operate the same as those in the BGCT. Most SBTC'ers piggyback on the existing associations since they themselves are independent and make there own rules for membership.

    Also I would hardly characterize what is happening in Missouri as the same as what is going on in Texas. Lawsuits and sudden evictions (expect at Southwestern) are unique to Missouri at the present time.
     
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    When I said what was happening in Mo. is the same as what is going on in Texas - the botton line is that it is. The difference being that the BGCM is a tiny Minority here while in Texas the BGCT is still a Majority. The issues are very much the same.
     
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    Some associations are trying to find "balance" ("Can't we all just get along?") while others are now facing "splits." There are some new associations (SBTC) being formed in response to what has taken place on the state level.
     
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    I am not SBC and not in Texas (though saved in a SBC church) and once lived in Texas so this really interests me..) Is the split over conservative/mederate? Cooperative Baptist Fellowship? WHat is the cause here?
     
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    They way I understand it (and I’ve been heavily involved in Texas Baptist life on the state level), it is essentially a struggle between the traditional Texas Baptist identity and values against the new hardline Southern Baptist Convention “conservatives” that want Texas Baptists to follow the “conservative resurgence”(sic).

    Texas Baptists don’t like to be told what to do by the folks in Nashville and Atlanta, and were certainly don’t like our doctrine dictated to us (the 2000 BF&M) by a national convention. We also don’t care for the heavy-handed attacks on the BGCT by the SBC (endless letters from the SBC president to the churches distorting the truth about the BGCT, and websites devoted to undermining support for the state convention) just because the BGCT doesn’t walk in lockstep with the latest political wave of the SBC.
     
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    Aren't there new associations forming in Texas, especially in the Houston and Dallas/Ft Worth areas consisting of churches that are solely identified with the Southern Baptists of Texas group?
     
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    Seems likely.
     
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    Jepptha, you've run across the truth. Traditional Texas Baptists are conservatives, which is why they'll never move kit 'n caboodle to the CBF. That and they don't want to share power with the CBF.
     
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    Yes. I understand that there are more of them in East Texas than the Metroplex, but they certainly exist.
     
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