I've been both.
The Baptists are a slightly looser group who, while they don't always approve, won't exactly condemn you to hell for dancing. They also don't care how much you make or don't make. You're still welcome to be a part of the congregation.
My father became a Methodist minister in 1980 just after I joined the Navy. I guess he figured I needed all the help I could get. ANYWAY, Methodists are a lot more formal than Baptist when it comes to worship. They say a profession of faith at the beginning of the service and have a certain order that they very seldom deviate from. Each segment has it's allotted time and no more. In addition, the churches I've been familiar with checked a prospective member's tax returns before allowing them to join. Also, according to my dad, you have to have a Masters Degree or the equivalent to be a deacon.
In the Baptist church it's not your educational level that's important to being a deacon. It's your spiritual maturity and how you live your life.
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