How can the RCA think outside the box as it discerns its call? There are options to just doing what we have been doing. More here:
There are reasons to think that the discernmant process in which the RCA has been engaged for two years has stopped working. More here:
The Breakdown of the RCA Discernment Process and Suggested Alternatives
The RCA Insurance transition into a voluntary plan has one aspect that deserves our scrutiny and discussion. More here:
First of all, we need to say a word of thanks to Dan Griswold for raising the issue of the future of Chicago Invitation in a manner that obviously reflects his care, concern and deep reflection. It is heartening to see that at least somewhere in the RCA the notion of self-evaluation every decade or so is valued and practiced.
I strongly affirm Dan’s belief “…that the ongoing purpose of our group is to provide the occasion for clear thinking about the church.” This is not to claim that all the thinking going on within the CI orbit has been clear all of the time, but rather to make the important point that occasions must be provided where, by the grace of God, such clarity of thought is made possible. At one point within remembered history, we were provided with a number of such occasions, even within the structure of RCA assemblies, but that has all but evaporated. It is now at the periphery of the RCA, rather than at its center, that these occasions arise and by the conscious effort of their participants. I would identify the special lectures/presentations by Western and New Brunswick Seminaries, along with CI meetings/papers as among occasions for clarity of thinking. Hopefully more can be named, but what they seem to have in common is that they are unsanctioned by the core of RCA structure.
I was recently at a classis committee meeting that was authorizing $200 grants to persons from our classis churches who had registered for the RCA Conversations event to be held in Orlando in February. The grants were to be a dollar-for-dollar match to regional synod grants for that same purpose. Continue reading