Are Moderates/Progressives Confusing the “e” Word with the “E” Word Again?

EvangelicalismMany years ago my mother told me about a trip she took with a group of people to attend a national denominational training event. If you knew my mother, you would know she could hardly tell it without laughing.

The event was far enough away that they had to spend the night to get there. The driver told everyone to be ready and in his car the second morning at a certain time. They had just enough time to make it for the start of the event.

Ten minutes after the deadline, the three passengers were in the car, but the driver was not. As the passengers tried to figure out what might be going on, my mother said the last time she saw him, he was in her room helping her with her luggage.

My mother got out of the car, and went to her room. The door was slightly open. When she went in she saw no one but heard voices coming from the bathroom.

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The Baptist World Alliance: Truly Global?

BWA LogoSee the article I wrote on this subject at Baptist News Global by clicking HERE.

The end of this month [July 2016], I bring closure to my role as General Secretary [read as executive coordinator] of the North American Baptist Fellowship of the Baptist World Alliance. This is so I can launch the Legacy Season of my ministry as I seek to pass along my learnings from 50 years of congregational and denominational ministry with 40 of those years serving as a consultant/coach, teacher, writer, and speaker on congregational and denominational transformation.

I still have a volunteer role with the Baptist World Alliance as I serve on its Mission Commission. I still have positive spiritual passion about the work and ministry of the Baptist World Alliance. To that end, I believe more leaders and congregations from North America ought to be involved in BWA. I wrote about this for Baptist news Global last week. Here is that article--The Baptist World Alliance: Truly Global?

Is Your Denomination Unintentionally Drifting or Intentionally Shifting?

WorldviewchangesLook at your denomination and at those around you, and you will notice a lot of drifting and shifting. Drifting is generally unintentional and shifting is generally intentional. Just look at the denominations who have held regular national/international assemblies this year and you will see various patterns of drifting and shifting.

My consulting work is with a lot of denominations across the theological and ecclesiological spectrum so I regularly observe the drifting and shifting. At times it is more difficult to observe the patterns of transition and change in your own denominational family with any objectivity. My denominational family is Baptist. One denomination within that family--Cooperative Baptist Fellowship--observes it 25th anniversary this year. Like many newer denominations which have emerged in the past four decades, they are still trying to figure out who they are, and who is in and who is out.

They began by generically calling themselves "Moderate Baptists". In recent times an increasing number of CBF participants refer to themselves as "Progressive Baptists". Which are they? Are they one or the other? Are they both? Is that possible? What is the difference?

This week I posted some questions for anyone related to CBF to answer. Keep reading and discover my questions and what some people are saying in response.

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Mennonite Brethren Develop a Future Story of Ministry with George Bullard's Assistance

USMB Leaders PrayingFor approximately a year-and-one-half the US Conference of Mennonite Brethren utilized the services of George Bullard as a Strategic Leadership Coach to assist them in developing a Future Story of Ministry. This plan was approved unanimously by their Leadership Board at a recent meeting. [Leaders are praying at meeting in picture to the left.]

The details will be unveiled this summer at their every 2-year convention.

"It was exciting and fulfilling to help this denomination of approximately 200 congregations to rethink their identity and functioning for great Kingdom service", said Bullard.

The following was shared by Marv Schellenberg, vice-chair of the Leadership Board in an interview with the denominational publication called Christian Leader: 

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So You Want to Launch a New Denomination?

Denomination NamesJoshua contacted me the other day to tell me he wanted to start a new denomination. My first thought was,
 “Are you crazy? It is not yet the ninth hour and already you are ingesting weird substances?”

I did not verbalize this thought to him. I was more Rogerian. “Tell me more,” I wrote, “Or, would you like to talk?”

We talked by conference call a few days later. He had two other people with him on the call, so I knew it was not just a nightmare he had one night. There might be some substance to it.

Actually this was not the first time I had talked with Joshua about this. And, it was definitely not the first time I had talked with anyone about it.

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