Priesthood of All Believers
We affirm the priesthood of all believers. Laypersons
have the same right as ordained ministers to communicate with God,
interpret Scripture, and minister in Christ's name. That is why the
Convention requires strong lay involvement on its boards.
This doctrine is first and foremost a matter of responsibility
and servanthood, not privilege and license.
It is of course, a perversion of this doctrine to say that all
views are equally valid, that you can believe anything and still
be a Baptist or that the pastor has no unique leadership role.