University Heights remains an MBC-affiliated church
March 7, 2006
JEFFERSON CITY – The Missouri Baptist Convention (MBC) Credentials Committee has not taken any action that would alter the good standing of University Heights Baptist Church of Springfield, according to Credentials Committee Chairman Rick Seaton.
An unsigned, undated letter on University Heights letterhead was forwarded to the committee, and a report in another Baptist publication indicated that University Heights could no longer be considered an MBC church due to a violation of the new single alignment policy adopted by the state convention at its 2005 annual meeting. But Seaton, in an official MBC letter written March 3 to “Friends” of the church at the church’s address, said University Heights is still considered to be a cooperating MBC church.
“Neither the Credentials Committee nor the Missouri Baptist Convention has, at this time, taken any action with regard to a change in our relationship with you,” Seaton wrote. “At this time we consider you to be a cooperative MBC church, and hope that you will be able to remain in the MBC family.”
In the letter, Seaton indicated that one of the members of the Credentials Committee will be calling the church office to visit with “the appropriate person.” The Credentials Committee is interested in clarifying the situation, Seaton said.
“Ultimately, we would appreciate a formal letter explaining your position that is both dated and signed by the appropriate church officer,” Seaton wrote.