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Re: “The Vintage church in Raleigh attracts young college students, but does its anti-women stance collide with its public image?

More evidence of the quality of "journalism" in this is that she says there are 16 Acts 29 churches in NC, with five in Raleigh. 3 of those "16" are actually Vintage campuses, as are 2 of the "5". I think this amounts to merely counting dots on a map without actually doing any research or fact checking.

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Posted by Bob Dixon on 02/06/2014 at 12:28 PM

Re: “The Vintage church in Raleigh attracts young college students, but does its anti-women stance collide with its public image?

I attended Vintage Church for about two years and left over a theological issue, so I have some experience with this church. The unfortunate thing about this article is that it’s a mixture of truth, the writer’s opinion, and frankly not very good journalism. Although Vintage is not a Southern Baptist church, it has a loose affilation with the Southern Baptist Convention. It advertises itself as a conservative church, so people shouldn’t be surprised when a conservative church actually acts like a conservative church, despite the cool clothes and guitars.

Some comments on the article.

“Vintage and Acts 29 churches are unusual in that they are contemporary in liturgical practices but hold fast to outdated tenets such as a patriarchal church leadership.”

Whether the tenets are outdated or not is a matter of opinion and not fact, unless this is an editorial. Considering the Catholic and Mormon churches the majority of Christian churches are based on a patriarchal leadership model. The Protestant churches who teach otherwise are mainline churches largely in decline. Not to say what’s right or wrong, but the word ‘outdated’ is the writer’s opinion.

"It was communicated to us in sermons," Laura, a former Vintage member, said. "Pastors would talk about women, almost on it being a level of sin for a mother to work outside the home and it was a sin on the husband's part because he wasn't providing for the family."

I never heard anything like this when I was a regular attender.

“McCoy said she also experienced "single-shaming" for being unmarried.”

I never heard this either. I would say most of the attenders at Vintage are probably single because the church targets college students. If the church engaged in any kind of “single shaming” that would be most of the people who go there.

“The phrase "followers, doubters and seekers" is thrown around by Vintage people to describe the kinds of people they want to attract; while the church's official mission is to plant more churches and spread Christianity around the world, Vintage welcomes casual attendees, but has no time for members who aren't pulling their weight”

This is another minority opinion. Probably less than 20% volunteer in the church, and people are encouraged to get involved, but the idea that the church has “no time” for non-volunteers is overwrought.

“A document from 2010, no longer available on the Vintage website, describes the ideal composition for its congregation.”

The document is no longer available because this probably comes from an outdated version of the membership handbook. It’s not current.

"They tell young men that their problem is the rise of female power. They blame "'feminized'" men and dominant women."

I never heard this either, ever.

In general too much of this article comes from the opinion of a small group of disgruntled people who happen to reflect the writer’s bias against conservative churches. I wouldn’t call this a hit piece, but this is way too sloppy to be taken seriously.

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Posted by Bob Dixon on 02/06/2014 at 12:16 PM

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