Churches and same sex marriage seminarby BSC Communications
Pastors and other congregational leaders interested in developing a Gospel centered response to same sex marriage are invited to a seminar to be held in conjunction with the upcoming annual meeting of the Baptist State Convention of North Carolina (BSCNC). On Monday afternoon November 10, North Carolina Baptists have the opportunity to meet with Dr. Lynn Buzzard, retired professor from the Norman Adrian Wiggins School of Law at Campbell University. Dr. Buzzard will lead a discussion related to potential challenges facing churches in light of the recent actions of the Supreme Court of the United States of America regarding same sex marriage; these actions have legalized same sex marriage in North Carolina.
Directors of Missions across the state have already received resources developed by BSCNC staff, in consultation with Dr. Buzzard, titled, “Samples and Templates for the Development of Position Statements on Marriage, Wedding Policies and Facility Use Policies.” This resource has been provided to Directors of Missions for their use as they assist church leaders in these matters.
While the development of appropriate policies are an important first step in addressing potential challenges, policies alone should not be the focus of the church regarding same sex marriage. “The Gospel cannot and should not be reduced to a policy. There will be great opportunities to share the life transforming truths of Jesus, while standing firmly upon the teachings of scripture about marriage, as we engage our communities and culture,” says Brian Davis, BSCNC associate executive director-treasurer. The seminar, while addressing policies, will engage participants in conversation about the larger issue of the church and homosexuality.
The seminar will take place Monday November 10 from 3:30 pm to 5:00 pm in Auditorium IV, located on the third floor of the Koury Convention Center in Greensboro, NC. If you have not received a copy of the samples and templates, this document is also available for download from the BSCNC’s Christian Life and Public Affairs blog: http://blog.ncbaptist.org/clpa/