A window into the travails of a leading Protestant ecclessial community, the “Vatican of the Southern Baptist Convention.”
*[T]he candidate will preach at First Baptist Dallas “in view of a call.” *
Church members will then vote on whether to call him as pastor.
Reasons from this excerpt to give thanks for the Catholic heirarchy.
- Pastors don’t have to give free trial sermons to satisfy the “itching ears” of their congregations:
“For the time will come when men will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear.” (2 Tim 4:3).
- The Catholic Church in America is not subject to the American-style restless ambition of pastors who seem always to be on the lookout to win the next prize position.
But during [a previous pastor’s]* latter years, the church struggled to keep people coming back downtown from the suburbs, where other mega-churches sprung up, boasting gyms, coffee shops, bookstores and Christian schools.*
Similarities to the Catholic Church
Difficulty in maintaining historical urban congregations, as can be seen from the closing of urban Catholic parishes in recent years.
Loss of people for whom feel-good entertainment is more important than doctrine.