December 1998 Yarber statements on BGCT
by Wm. Robert Johnston
last modified 28 May 2003
In the December 1998 Plumbline Ronnie Yarber, SBTC administrative director, stated that the leadership of the BGCT “has a long-range goal of setting up a new independent denomination in Texas.”  The BGCT leadership has denied this. (The only “evidence” I am aware of for such a charge is statements and actions by a few former leaders of the BGCT, not speaking or acting on behalf of the BGCT.)
The same article cited Yarber’s statements at the first meeting of the SBTC citing “a lack of response by the BGCT to a Waco church that called a woman to be its senior pastor” among reasons for forming a new state convention.  While BGCT leadership has affirmed women as senior pastors, the lack of formal criticism or expulsion of the church was no different than the SBC’s policy towards such churches. At the time, one BGCT church out of 4,800 had a woman pastor. The SBC had 75 women pastors  among 40,200 churches, or one church in 540. The new Baptist Faith and Message adopted in 2000 states that “the office of pastor is limited to men” , but the SBC does not currently bar churches with women senior pastors from affiliation.
(excerpt from A Report on the SBTC)
- 73 Yarber, Ronnie, Plumbline, Dec. 1998, p. 6.
- 74 Ibid.
- 75 Knox, Marv, “Church Calls 1st Texas Baptist Woman Pastor,” The Baptist Standard, 10 June 1998, p. 2.
- 76 SBC, Baptist Faith and Message, 2000, Article VI.
© 2003 by Wm. Robert Johnston.
Last modified 28 May 2003.
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