Concerned about make-up of NAMB task force
    June 3 2014 by Hershel C. Johnson, Trenton, N.C.

    I write with reference to the item in the Biblical Recorder for May 24 entitled “Task force addresses declining baptisms.” I have many observations and questions about this article, but I will touch on only three – each related to the make-up of the group. I commend these people, and I have no doubt about their serious attitudes and desires to see people saved. It is rather the omissions that I wish to deal with.
    About 60 percent of Baptist churches’ congregations are made up of those over 55. How many people on the task force are under 55?
     
    In any church, whether Baptist or not, the vast majority of people in a worship service are lay persons. How many laymen are on the task force?
     
    My third and most consequential question relates to women. Since I was baptized more than 60 years ago, I have held membership in six Baptist churches in four states. My wife Elizabeth and I helped begin two missions, one Chinese and one Cambodian when we lived in Maryland. While serving over 20 years in Japan, we were members of four Baptist churches and helped the Japanese begin three missions. Then and now, in every case the congregation has more women members than males. Yet, this task force is composed only of men. How can this be?
     
    Finally a simple summary: as a layman, I can say that the view from the pulpit is quite different than the one from the pew. I speak also as a layman who stood in that pulpit two or three times each month for those years in Japan.

    Hershel C. Johnson
    Retired missionary to Japan, Trenton, N.C.
    6/3/2014 9:55:02 AM by Hershel C. Johnson, Trenton, N.C. | with 1 comments
    Filed under: NAMB, Task Force




Comments
Yoshifumi Moroe
Dear Sir,
I am glad to know that you are still active
adressing these issues based on your experiences, life and missionary activities in Japan.

Take good care of your health.
8/19/2014 7:17:20 AM

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