Author: Thomas Slawson
In the recent church update we shared a document laying out the process for calling a new lead pastor. Several people asked what we mean in the document by “Historic Baptist Principles.” In short, historic Baptist principles include,
1. Believer’s baptism by immersion
2. The autonomy of the local church
3. Elder leadership (yes, this is historically Baptist)
4. The Priesthood of All Believers – This has been misused by some liberal/mainline Baptist denominations in the last few decades to defend some unorthodox theological positions, but it’s rooted in the Reformation. It is the conviction that every believer has a responsibility to study, know, and be accountable directly to the word of God. Knowledge and understanding of the word isn’t reserved only for the trained clergy.
I hope this helps clear up any questions. As always, the elders are available to talk if you have any questions or concerns.