I caught this church’s “Code of Conduct” from Todd Rhoades.
It’s from a Baptist church in 1982. Let me give you the highlights of what was expected of leaders.
Leaders were expected to be in attendance at all church functions. Additionally, they were expected to tithe 10% of their income, and participate in outreach or “soul winning” as the Baptists call it. Point number four, the largest point in the contract, lays out the “morals” of the church. No alcohol, dancing, movies, card playing, dirty magazines, or pants on women. That about sums up good Baptist ethics of the early 80s.
The contract really is a blast from the past, not just because it was obviously produced on a typewriter, but because it makes plainly obvious just how much our expectations of church goers have changed.
Would any of this fly at all in your church today?