Discernment Committee Responses

You may remember that after FBC chose to join the Association of Welcoming and Affirming Baptists, Rev. Steve Bils, executive minister of the American Baptist Churches of the Central Pacific Coast, sent us three questions he said were often posed to him from churches that don’t identify as welcoming and affirming of LGBTQIA+ people. He asked us to respond, so that he might know our perspective, and be better equipped to respond when those questions came to him. The Discernment Committee (consisting of Bill Apel, Mike Burr, David Ferry, Joel Kiff, Robin Knauerhase, Gary Langenwalter, Erika Marksbury, Shelly Sanderlin, JoAnn Sims, Charlie Walker, and Don Watson) drafted answers to his questions, and with some very slights edits, the Church Board approved our answers and sent them on. We wanted to share them with you, so what follows are Steve’s questions to us, in italics, and our responses in plain type below each question. These responses were originally published as an insert in the July-September issues of The Tidings. Please contact Erika (erika@fbcmac.org) or any member of the Discernment Committee if you have questions.

Discernment Committee Responses