I am a former SBC associate pastor, and when I say former, I mean as recent as last Wednesday. I resigned my post after a conflict arose between me and a prominent family in the church (meaning they had money and power) that involved the safety of my children. In response, I withdrew my children from the program since they were not comfortable in the family's presence. As a result, this brought me into conflict with the senior pastor, who was more concerned about the children's program's image that my children's concerns. He tried to pressure me into putting my kids into a poor environment, whereas I wanted to change the program for the better. He responded by intellectually assenting to my point, but his inaction on the matter of reforming policies/procedures with me showed me otherwise. My response to him was simply that if the church got in the way of my family, then the church would lose; my family was not a sacrifice for the sake of trying to create a positive image for the church. I guess the point to all of this is one thing: I learned that the institutional church is an absolute failure to the principles and practices of Jesus. The pastor was more concerned with money, power, influence, and image, then he was in protecting children from harm.