Monday, September 26, 2011

Founders Ministries and Church Planting - Say What?!?

Some time ago, Brother Bob Ross published an insightful article on the latest hot air from The Flounders regarding church planting.

For years, the strategy of many of their followers seemed to be to sneak an extreme Calvinist pastor into an unsuspecting non-Calvinist church, split the church, and then declare the split to be a "new church plant." Naturally, the new church would soon die on the vine and the extreme Calvinist pastor would be back into the "church planting" business.

That worked for a while. Now many churches have wised up. Search committees are asking more probing questions of pastor candidates and weeding out the Flounder-friendly men. So what is a Flounder pastor or Southern seminary student to do if no Southern Baptist church will call him?

The Flounders, and you have to give Tom Ascol points for creativity here, hit on the answer. Plant new churches! Not Southern Baptist churches, mind you, but Reformed, extreme Calvinist, Flounder-friendly churches disguised as Southern Baptist churches.

All they need now is to get a friendly president at the North American Mission Board to help fund some of these church plants. Oh, wait -- they got that.

NAMB needs a name change which reflects its new mission - a job corp for Southern and Southeastern seminary students and out of work Flounders followers.