Woman's Missionary Union breaks ranks with SBC leaders
Feb 10, 2004
The leadership of the Woman’s Missionary Union, the 1-million-member women’s auxiliary to the Southern Baptist Convention, has voiced support of the Baptist World Alliance, breaking ranks with SBC leaders who want to sever their ties with the worldwide organization.
Echoing the sentiment of overseas Baptist groups, the WMU executive board on January 13 issued a call for unity among the world’s Baptists. Some observers fear the planned SBC-BWA split will divide Baptists worldwide into two competing camps, since the SBC has announced plans to start an alternative organization.
“As members of the body of Christ, we need each other—to pray for one another, to encourage one another, to learn from one another, and to stand together in one accord as a strong and bold witness to a lost world,” said Wanda Lee, WMU executive director-treasurer, who also serves on the BWA executive committee.