There has recently been a pattern of disputes within organizations being aired through the blogging world. Blogging has been used as a means of accountability and most anyone who reads this blog will know that I am in favor of using it as such, as long as there is accountability on the part of the bloggers as well. Recently, though, we have seen a new pattern emerging. In at least 4 instances over the past year, disputes within local churches have caused some in membership to create blogs as a method of trying to force accountability in the local church. This article describes what is currently happening at Adrian Rogers former church, Bellevue Baptist Church in Memphis, TN.
I'm curious to hear everyone's thoughts on this activity. In my honest opinion, I'm not altogether in favor of it. I know that may come as a surprise to some. It seems to me, however, to be excessive in the case of the local church/organization. Let me explain. Blogging has been used to hold bodies accountable in the past, which is commendable. The necessity of using blogging up to this point has been created by the large scale with which our disagreements have encompassed. In other words, personal interaction and face to face meetings would always be the preferable method, but in the case of the SBC, for instance, the body is large and so spread out that coming together for personal discussion is impossible. The move to blogging, therefore, has been necesitated by the scope of our questions and disagreements.
The local church, however, is a different issue. It is an experience that can be dealt with on a local level, in personal encounters. Face to face interaction is possible and should be utilized. Beyond that, the local church issue does not involve the span of individuals who are reached by blogging. SBC issues, on the other hand, involve people from a worldwide reach and therefore the convenience of blogging makes their involvement possible.
In all things those who we struggle with should be contacted initially, and dealt with in a personal fashion, prior to taking our concerns to a larger audience. In the case of those blogging on these SBC issues, that I'm aware of, this process has generally been followed, though I am aware that at times it has not - and I am opposed to that activity. While I don't know, personally, it appears that this method of working in the local level could easily circumvent this biblical process.
So, what do you think? I don't want to sound as if I'm straddling the fence. I'm not trying to endorse an "Ok for me but not for you," mentality. In your opinions, is this appropriate for the local church dispute?