Inthe General Council at Oberlin, "stirred by the deep need of humanity for justice, security, and spiritual freedom and growth, aware of the urgent demand within our churches for action to match our gospel, and clearly persuaded that the gospel of Jesus can be the solvent of social as of all other problems," voted to create the Council for Social Action.
Merger leadership defined the General Council as accountable to itself, "a gathering of Christians under the Lordship of Christ. Dawson, of the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York opined, "It is unfortunate that ministers and church members, who purport to abide by Christian principles should engage in this long, expensive litigation.
Each member was assured of continuing freedom of faith and manner of worship and no abridgement of congregational usage and practice. Congregational Christians needed to clarify the difference between authority and power; while all autonomous units - individuals, churches, and agencies-were endowed with temporal power, none wielded authority over another except through the biblical authority of God in Jesus Christ.
The General Council had acted to simplify and economize at a national level the prolific and redundant independent actions by churches and conferences, while maintaining the inherent liberties of the local churches. Ruling against those who would block it, the Court of Appeals issued the assurance that the union "would in no way change the historical and traditional patterns of individual Congregational Christian churches" and that none would be coerced into union.
Both communions approached the Uniting General Synod with fresh leadership. Eight theologians from each uniting communion met to study basic Christian doctrine, theological presuppositions, and doctrinal positions in preparation for the writing of a Statement of Faith.
Southworth Lecture [paper], pp. Legally free to proceed with union, uneasiness remained. Sustained by a court ruling inthe litigants, defining the General Council as "a representative body" accountable to the churches, maintained that the Council had no power to undertake a union involving the churches.
Helen Kenyon bore the weight of these litigations with strength, patience and valor. Yet the work of the church continued. Evangelical and Reformed Christians needed reassurance that there would be one body and not just one head, trusting that the Holy Spirit would make of the Covenant, owned by the parts of the body-individuals, churches, and agencies-a whole United Church of Christ.
Printed literature and communication continued to be essential. The Pilgrim Press, a division of the Board of Home Missions, continued to publish and distribute books, Christian education curriculum materials, monthly magazines and newspapers, hymnals, worship and devotional material, and resources for education and evangelism.
The ruling assured the churches that the union would depend on voluntary action taken by independent, autonomous churches Hoskins, op.
They received funds for mission, helped new church starts, and maintained ecumenical contacts. By far the rockier road to union confronted the Congregational Christian Churches.
In trust, a joint meeting of the Congregational Christian Executive Committee and the Evangelical and Reformed General Council ad interim for the General Synod affirmed The Basis of Union with the Interpretations as a foundation for the merger and sufficient for the drafting of a Constitution.
A subtle shift in emphasis had gradually crept among the churches from a desire to evangelize the world to a concern for the needs of human society.
The Congregational Christian Churches The Congregational Christian Churches The union by the Congregational and Christian churches seemed the most natural in the world, yet most of their life together from concerned the General Council with matters surrounding church union, first its own and then with the Evangelical and Reformed Church.
State Conferences, led by Superintendents or Conference Ministers, responded to local church requests for pastors, resources in Christian education, youth and adult conferences, and speakers on mission and social concerns.
Douglass, who would become general secretary of the United Church Board for Homeland Ministries, pointed to the theological principles of the "Headship of Christ" and the Reformed "priesthood of all believers," that sustained autonomy and fellowship, as basic to the Congregational Christian polity.
Andover Newton Theological School, Goebel at the Evangelical and Reformed General Synod had with patience and grace stated, "so long as they continue to extend to us the hand of friendship and fellowshipThe Congregational Christian Churches The union by the Congregational and Christian churches seemed the most natural in the world, yet most of their life together from concerned the General Council with matters surrounding church union, first its own and then with the Evangelical and Reformed Church.
Whitney Avenue Congregational Church was searching for a new pastor to lead their congregation because membership and attendance began to decline. The prime candidate of their search was Pastor Karl. Karl was a new pastor that had recently completed the requirements needed to obtain his Doctorate in Ministry.
First, as pastor of the Whitney Avenue Church, my plan would include establishing goals and a clear mission statement for the congregation. Input and agreement from the majority of the congregation, clearly stating the mission, will. Galesburg Congregational United Church of Christ, Galesburg, Michigan.
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