North Carolina Baptists will tackle a controversial issue when they meet this week in Greensboro.
Delegates are expected to approve a policy that would prohibit membership for churches or affiliate groups that endorse homosexuality.
The policy was proposed by the Baptist State Convention's board of directors earlier this year. It would forbid churches from ordaining gay clergy, making public statements supporting homosexuality or accepting openly gay churchgoers as members.
The proposal, believed to be the first of its kind in the country, includes steps for triggering an investigation.
The meeting runs tomorrow through Wednesday.