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The SBC will sell insurance, retirement to women pastors — if they aren’t Southern Baptists

The SBC will sell insurance, retirement to women pastors — if they aren’t Southern Baptists

(RNS) — Southern Baptists do not believe that women can be pastors or that churches should baptize infants. But that won’t stop them from doing business with churches that disagree. The Global Methodist Church, a relatively new denomination made up mostly of former United Methodists, announced this week that Dallas-based GuideStone Financial Resources “will administer its retirement, health insurance, and ancillary benefit programs” for the denomination starting in July. GuideStone, which provides insurance and retirement plans to pastors, is an entity of the Southern Baptist Convention, which last summer passed a constitutional amendment that bars member churches from having women in any pastoral role. That amendment, first proposed by Mike Law, an SBC pastor from Virginia, must be confirmed in 2024 to take effect.  Several churches were expelled from the SBC in 2023 for having women pastors, including Saddleback Church in California, one of the nation’s largest congregations, and Fern Creek Baptist Church in Louisville, Kentucky. The SBC’s statement of faith has previously also limited the role of pastor to men but there had been …