Cooperative Baptist Fellowship
Pocahontas Bassett Baptist Church voted in the late 1980's to leave the Southern Baptist Association and become a part of the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship which we felt was more in alignment with the beliefs of our church.
The following excerpt from the website of the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship explains the basic tenants of our beliefs:
Our understanding of Baptist faith and practice is expressed by our emphasis on freedom in biblical interpretation and congregational governance, the participation of women and men in all aspects of church leadership and Christian ministry, and religious liberty for all people.
Soul Freedom - We believe in the priesthood of all believers and affirm the freedom and responsibility of every person to relate directly to God without the imposition of creed or the control of clergy or government.
Bible Freedom - We believe in the authority of Scripture. We believe the Bible, under the Lordship of Christ, is central to the life of the individual and the church. We affirm the freedom and right of every Christian to interpret and apply scripture under the leadership of the Holy Spirit.
Church Freedom - We believe in the autonomy of every local church. We believe Baptist churches are free, under the Lordship of Christ, to determine their membership and leadership, to order their worship and work, to ordain whomever they perceive as gifted for ministry, and to participate as they deem appropriate in the larger body of Christ.
Religious Freedom - We believe in the freedom of religion, freedom for religion, and freedom from religion. We support the separation of church and state.