Longtime SBC Church Planting Leader Trashes Church Autonomy

(Capstone Report) The Southern Baptist doctrine of church autonomy is fundamental to the Southern Baptist Convention polity; however, a longtime North American Board leader and missiologist with the Send Institute attacked the doctrine.

Jeff Christopherson described a document he was helping draft that focused mentioned church autonomy, “It started out as:

“Although we recognize the biblical mandate of autonomy,’ and I just said, ‘Whoa, whoa, whoa. Let’s stop here. Even though it is a tradition that we as Baptists really kind of hang on to, it is pretty difficult to prove the biblical mandate of autonomy. In fact to me, it seems more obvious that we can prove biblically it is opposite, interdependence…however we want to skew our history, we begin to see that (autonomy) is actually an overreaction to something else.”

Jeff Christopherson was appointed in 2011 by Kevin Ezell as NAMB’s Vice President for Canada. Christopherson is now a co-executive director of the Send Institute—a murky partnership between NAMB and Wheaton.

So, Christopherson was and continues to play an influential role in church planting. Yet, he denies something foundational to the Southern Baptist Convention.

Previously, Christopherson attacked

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Editor’s Note. This article was written and published at the Capstone Report

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