Associated Baptist Press reports on the case:
Court refuses to intervene in church dispute over elder rule
The local paper wrote up the original conflict back in 2008:
Micanopy Baptist church splits in two
According to Wayne Harvey, director of missions for the Santa Fe River Baptist Association, the debate about how a church should be governed is not new.
"We ought to go to the Bible, of course, and there were some decisions made by elders and some were made by the congregation, but it's difficult to say for certain that there was elder rule or there was pure democracy," Harvey said.
Harvey said that while some of the 45 congregations that are members of the Santa Fe River Baptist Association have elected elders who make decisions, none of them have elder rule in which the position holders make all the decisions.
"First Micanopy is the only one that has elder rule," Harvey said. "They left our association last November."
Need it be said to SBC congregations, Pastor Search Committees and Associational Missionaries that if a pastoral candidate or staff minister brings up the matter of elders, they should be extremely wary...lest they follow the sad path of FBC Micanopy?
Some in the SBC have taken to designating around what they see as too much calvinism in SBC entities. Some blogging voices have sounded alarms on elder rule in SBC life.
Oh, and the current pastor of the church is a McArthur seminary grad, fully steeped in Calvinistic Christianity, I suppose and called by the church's elders.
Can't Calvinists start their own churches, after their own elder rule design, according to what suits McArthur et al, and not mess up perfectly good existing churches?
Two eyebrows raised...permanently.