MBC Dismisses 19 Churches
Because of their violation of the single alignment rule, the churches can't vote or have a hand in decisions.
"Because of our single alignment issue, they have chosen not to align that way, which is their choice," MBC Executive Director Dave Clippard said.
But the 19 churches are not completely out.
"We would welcome them to attend any of our training events or participate with us," Clippard said.
For his part, Sager said First Baptist will probably skip those opportunities.
"Well, I doubt seriously, we'll be involved in an organization that will not allow us to have any vote or say so," Sager said.
Sager also said keeping the churches focus on missions is key.
"We are going to continue to do that, we haven't really changed our emphasis at all," Sager explained.
More than 2,000 churches make up the Missouri Baptist Convention. Clippard emphasized that it was the choice of these churches whether or not to violate the single alignment rule. The 19 churches dismissed make up the largest expulsion of churches in the convention's history. The convention also disassociated with Cornerstone Baptist Church and Little Bonne Femme Church in Columbia.