Introducing [Southern] Baptist Women For Equality:
Shirley Taylor, former employee of the Baptist General Convention of Texas, has launched a website (organization???) called Baptist Women For Equality (http://www.bwebaptist.com). According to the website, Baptist Women For Equality — for Women Deacons and Women Pastors “seeks to bring Southern Baptists into the 21st Century.” On Taylor’s website, you will find her “Open Letter To Baptists.”
This letter is for you if you believe women should be able to serve in your church fully according to God’s calling in her life.
Even if you think everything is all right in your church, please consider those other churches where women can be Ministers to Children, Ministers to Youth, Ministers to Women, can be on all committees which make church policy and pertain to theology, and financial matters, but who cannot serve a piece of bread and cup of juice.
Do you know why your church does not have women deacons? It can be found in “the cold heart of the church” which is your church’s By-laws. Church By-laws can be changed. When women decide that enough is enough, the cold heart of the church will be changed to include women as Deacons and accept women as Pastors.
I invite you to email this Open Letter to your church family and Baptist friends. Women in Baptist churches are beginning to wake up to the fact that our denomination is out of touch with us.
In the Baptist Women For Equality newsletter, Taylor warns:
The Southern Baptist Convention has shown a mean-spirit toward women and they are getting ready to do it again in June 2009. There is a motion to amend the SBC’s constitution to disallow affiliation by “churches which have senior pastors.”
It’s worth noting that not all Baptists are Southern Baptists. The website/organization would be more appropriately named SOUTHERN Baptist Women For Equality.
Fighting for biblical equality within the Southern Baptist Convention is a lost cause. Heck, the closest thing to an egalitarian advocate for biblical equality that Southern Baptists have these days is controversial blogger Wade Burleson, a self-described “cultural complimentarian” who has stated that he has no intention of leading his church to hire a female pastor.
There are now a number of fine Baptist organizations that support women-in-ministry that have absolutely nothing to do with the Southern Baptist Convention. I guess I’ve never really understood why a Baptist who feels as strongly as Taylor clearly does about biblical equality would choose to stick with such an oppressive organization.
Good luck though.