We have 4 lists in progress, each of which documents and links to official denominational teaching on a specific topic. Why? Why a list of denominations that allow homosexual clergy, and a list of denominations that do not? Why a list of denominations that allow female clergy, and a list of denominations that do not? Why a list of denominations that allow a frivolous divorcer to remain in communion, and a list of denominations that do not? And most of all, why the list that has gotten the most negative feedback, the list on headcoverings?
Let’s consider Bob, Andy, and Larry.
Bob just moved his family to Anyville. Bob is Baptist, so he plans to attend one of the 5 Baptist churches in town. By perusing the list, he discovers that the American Baptist Association and the Primitive Baptists both prohibit female clergy, while the American Baptist Churches USA and the Alliance of Baptists both endorse female clergy. Bob can choose to join the American Baptist Association church instead of the American Baptist Churches USA church, and save his family a crisis in 5 years when the American Baptist Churches USA church hires a woman pastor.
Paul is Presbyterian, and has been a member of Anyville Orthodox Presbyterian Church for 15 years. But he’s been traveling a lot lately, and cant always find an OPC church. By consulting the list, he learns that the Reformed Presbyterian Church is a much better bet than the Evangelical Presbyterian Church.
Larry is Lutheran. But Larry’s church is an Evangelical Lutheran Churches in America congregation, and they just got a woman pastor. Larry is looking for a new church where that won’t happen. The list shows Larry that the Evangelical Lutheran Synod, Church of the Lutheran Confession, Concordia Lutheran Conference, and Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod all prohibit woman clergy.
Each of the lists can be used on its own, or with the other lists. If you don’t care what a denomination teaches on headcoverings, you probably won’t use that list–but you may still use the others.