Thursday, August 04, 2016

Seminole Baptist pastors

In his book The Seminole Baptist Churches of Oklahoma: Maintaining a Traditional Community, Jack M. Schultz points out that "Leaders are chosen from within the congregation and by the congregation." He quotes one pastor saying:
"...white people, they can go to seminary and automatically they'll license them when they graduate and later on they can ordain him. Indians won't do that. They go through fasting and prayers...Too many young people think that just because they go to seminary they should be a pastor. It ain't so. We don't know him. He didn't grow up around us. We don't know if he's easily angered, or jealous. We need to know our pastors." (p. 99)

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