I just returned from a week long trip where I along with two of my teammates were part of a conference for the largest Baptist Convention in the country where I am serving. You probably didn't know that such a thing existed, well neither did I. It was amazing to sit in with these leaders of this convention and hear how God had been so faithful to reach the majority of their people group over the last 150 years.
The topic of the conference was, "Church Planting Movements." You see this group of leaders had somewhere along the way stopped and realized a couple of things. One, they were rarely planting new chuches and when they were it was with a lot of extra baggage. Two, if they would like to see a church planting movement in their lifetime then they would need to start doing things differently, which as is with all Baptists, easier said than done.
My teammate and supervisor did most of the teaching during our time with the group and it was definitely an uphill battle. What he was presenting was simple and biblical, which can be difficult for a traditional convention that has been around for over 150 years. As a team we are uncertain as to what will come of this conference, but it definitely caused some of their leaders to think more biblically.
In many ways being part of this conference caused me to reflect back over my own upbringing within the Southern Baptist Convention. There are many correlations and similarities between these two conventions that live worlds apart only in this part of the world the fights more often revolve around meat instead of alcohol.
Traditions, never being bad necessarily, but when they take precedence over biblical they become bad. This is exactly what I have often seen in the SBC in the US and now in the GBC in S. Asia. And this is testimony from some of their own leaders at the end of our teaching time so don't think that this is coming from me.
I am thankful for this convention for hosting this conference because this tells me that there is hope for them. Hope that they will leave their traditions behind in order to move forward with the mission of God in a more biblical way that will allow them to reach more people and plant more churches.
Perhaps you too are stuck in a traditional system. My encouragement to you would be do what you can do in a respectful and grace-filled way to bring about the change that needs to take place in order to see the Kingdom of God advance!