South to North: More Things Southern Baptists Can Learn From Canadian Baptists

Anxious Bench | 6/23/2019 | Staff
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I am so pleased to welcome Dr. Melody Maxwell to the Anxious Bench today. Melody’s post today will add to our growing conversation on the Anxious Bench about how evangelicalism, at least in some ways, has evolved differently in Canada–first Chris Gehrz’s post on Hockey and the Future of Evangelicalism and second my recent post on Canadian Baptists. Melody is an Associate Professor of Church History at Acadia Divinity School in Nova Scotia. Acadia is the official seminary for the Canadian Baptists of Atlantic Canada. Also, I have posted more pictures from our British Columbia Vacation. Unfortunately I haven’t been to the Atlantic Coast of Canada, so you will have to settle for the Pacific side :).

I grew up in a Southern Baptist church in Tennessee. Today I live and work among Baptists in Nova Scotia. So I couldn’t help but read with interest Beth Allison Barr’s post “What Southern Baptists Can Learn from Canadian Baptists.”

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I moved north last summer. Since then, I have watched SBC goings on from afar while familiarizing myself with Canadian Baptists of Atlantic Canada (one of the four main Baptist group across Canada). In both places, Baptists embrace the Bible, church autonomy, and believer’s baptism. Yet Canadian Baptists are different from Southern Baptists in key ways.

Like Beth, I believe the SBC could learn a lot from their sisters and brothers to the north:

Ordination - Process - Days - SBC - Fire

Ordination is a significant process.In recent days the SBC has come under fire because of sexual abuse by ministers. Critics have pointed out that no database of abusers (or ministers) exists. In fact, ordination by a Southern Baptist church is a simple process with no requirements for training or background checks.

Here the SBC could learn from Canadian Baptists, who carefully credential ministers and ensure they follow ethical guidelines to remain in good...
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