Southern Baptist Convention’s NAMB Clarifies ‘Only Qualified Men’ Can Preach at Church Plants




Jesse T. Jackson

The Southern Baptist Convention’s (SBC) North American Mission Board (NAMB) released a statement last Thursday, October 14, 2021, clarifying its stance on women in church leadership.

NAMB is the SBC’s domestic church-planting and revitalization organization. In 2020, NAMB planted over 550 new churches and reported 3,057 domestic missionaries under its care.

SBC’s Baptist Faith and Message

The SBC’s Baptist Faith and Message 2000 is a statement of “faith and message to set forth certain teachings which we believe” and details the SBC’s stance on women in church leadership.

Article VI of the statement says, “[The church’s] scriptural officers are pastors and deacons. While both men and women are gifted for service in the church, the office of pastor is limited to men as qualified by Scripture.”

SBC’s NAMB Clarifies ‘Only Qualified Men’ Can Preach at Their Church Plants

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