A Visit to the EFCA’s Salem Church in Staten Island, New York and Some Feedback

Recently this blog was in the New York City area. While in the area l stopped and visited the EFCA’s Salem Church as led by John Welborn. While Salem is a warm and welcoming environment to strangers, it’s sound can be hard on one’s hearing. Also this blog noticed that John Welborn is using material from James MacDonald. In light of the issues with Harvest Bible Chapel this blog hopes that Welborn will refrain from using MacDonald’s material. Continue reading

An Open Letter to Eddie Cole (Transitioning Eastern District Superintendent of the EFCA and Wishing Him Well)

The leadership of the EFCA’s Eastern District is changing. As Eddie Cole prepares to move to Minneapolis with his wife Jessica this is an open letter to the EFCA leader. I just want to not only wish him well but reflect on Eddie based off personal interactions and what others have shared with me. The Eastern District’s loss is Minneapolis’ gain. And for all the difficult topics I tackle I am grateful that people like Eddie Cole is a pastor. “Bishop Eddie” who is deeply loved and admired will be missed. Continue reading

Benjamin Vrbicek of Community Evangelical Free Church in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania Passes his Ordination Exam as an EFCA Pastor in the Eastern District

The EFCA’s Eastern District conference began with candidates up for their ordination exam. Benjamin Vrbicek who leads Community Evangelical Free Church in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania was the first candidate up this morning. After a long morning Benjamin passed. This blog post briefly looks at pastoral ordination inside the EFCA.¬† Continue reading

SE District Superintendent Glen Schrieber Invites EFCA President Kevin Kompelien and District Superintendents to Montgomery, Alabama Where they Wrestle with the Legacy of Racial Injustice

EFCA SE District Superintendent inspired upon President Kevin Kompelien that the District Superintendents visit The Legacy Museum and the National Memorial for Peace and Justice in Montgomery, Alabama. As a result the EFCA leadership visited the museum and memorial to lynching victims in March of 2019. In a series of blog posts by both Kevin Kompelien and other EFCA leaders and personalities they reflect on the experience and the challenges that racial injustice poses today and how it needs to be dealt with. This ends with some suggestions for the EFCA on this topic. Continue reading

The EFCA’s Dave Boerema’s Post on Mega Churches at the Eastern District Blog is Ignoring the Facts

At the EFCA’s Eastern District blog Dave Boerema of EFCA’s Apex Ministries wrote a post about mega churches. This blog suspects Boerema’s article is about David Platt’s McLean Bible. Dave Boerema glows over the mega church and talks about his personal repentance. In this troubling article he misses all the stories, scandals and problems that have occurred in mega churches. From Willow Creek to Harvest Bible Chapel to Mars Hill Seattle. ¬†This post will remind Dave Boerema of the facts. Continue reading

Child Sex Abuse: A Look at How Two Churches Responded – John Welborn’s Salem Church in Staten Island, New York and Mark Mullery’s Redeeming Grace Church (Former Sovereign Grace Fairfax) in Fairfax, Virginia

This is a blog post looking at how two different churches handled the issue of sexual abuse. One is Mark Mullery’s Redeeming Grace Church (formerly Sovereign Grace Fairfax) here in the Northern Virginia suburbs of Washington, D.C. and the other is the EFCA’s Salem Church in Staten Island, New York as led by John Welborn. Due to how Salem handled a difficult situation well, its this blog’s hope that the EFCA in Minneapolis will study the Salem incident in a white paper to help the greater EFCA organization. Continue reading

Benjamin Vrbicek of Community Evangelical Free Church in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania Writes a Tender Blog Post on Friendship

Benjamin Vrbicek writes a moving post about a long term friendship that grew out of an EFCA Church in St. Louis, Missouri. I saw this the other day and wanted to do a brief article about this because I found it emotionally warming. Often when writing about difficult subjects when I see something unique and neat I want to push it to help give balance and show some of the unique aspects of the EFCA. Continue reading