An Open Letter to Glen Schrieber (Modeling COVID Vaccination in EFCA SE District)

This is an open letter to the head of the EFCA SE District Glen Schrieber. As many white evangelicals are rejecting the COVID-19 vaccine due to conspiracy theories, fringe politics and the rejection of science. Is Glen Schrieber going to be a positive force and be a role model when it comes to taking the vaccine and encourage pastors and leadership in the EFCA SE District? The failure to do so will mean further unnecessary loss of life. And this blog would argue that an evangelical leader who fails to do the right thing would be like the Jewish Priest walking by the Good Samaritan.  Continue reading

In a Key Moment in American History Here is How the EFCA Should Roll Out the COVID-19 Vaccine in a Safe, Effective Way for the Denomination

The United States of America is at a key moment in American history now that a COVID-19 vaccine is being rolled out. While the rules for the vaccine will differ state by state, this blog has a proposal for how the EFCA should encourage people to take the vaccine. From Kevin Kompelien down to the local EFCA church pastor here is a possible campaign to get people on the same page and take the COVID-19 vaccine. In the process the EFCA can be a force multiplier for the denomination, American evangelicalism and the culture in which it operates in communities across the country. Continue reading

The Importance of Listening and of a Blog Taking Feedback

A blog post the other day raises the issue of how important it is to discuss and listen. When I wrote about an EFCA church in Bloomington, Minnesota that led to a discussion with the pastor. Whether it be the EFCA, Acts 29 or other organizations this blog wants people to know that it will engage and listen and discuss these issues. This blog does not hide behind a computer screen and bunker down. In contrast it will engage people and have discussion.  Continue reading

A Look at the EFCA’s ReachGlobal Crisis Response and and How the EFCA is Engaging in the COVID-19 Pandemic and Preparing Churches

This post looks at a division inside the EFCA’s ReachGlobal. Crisis Response is a ministry that responds to disasters both globally and domestically. Led by Mark Lewis who is based in New Orleans this post is a history of how Crisis Response came to be and some of the disasters they have assisted on. This post also looks at what Crisis Response has advised EFCA churches on how to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. Continue reading

A Sampling of How a Number of Evangelical Free Churches in the United States Celebrated Easter Online in the Middle of the COVID-19 Pandemic

Easter in the United States was changed by the COVID-19 pandemic. As states from California to New York and Louisiana among others grappled with a national pandemic many states asked Christians to stay home and practice social distancing. From an overview it appears as if the EFCA followed the guidelines imposed by state and local health authorities. This blog would like to say thank you to the EFCA for doing its part to stay at home and helping to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. This post is a look at how a number of EFCA churches around the United States celebrated Easter. From outside Seattle, Washington to Tampa, Florida. From Harrisburg, Pennsylvania to Thousand Oaks, California this is how a number of churches inside the EFCA celebrated Easter during a challenging time. 

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On Martin Luther King Day Being Thankful for the Efforts by EFCA North Central District Superintendent Brian Farone in Addressing Racial Injustice

Last year the EFCA leadership visited The Legacy Museum and the National Memorial for Peace and Justice in Montgomery, Alabama. Brian Farone who is the EFCA District Superintendent in the North Central District of Minnesota came away convinced that the topic of racism needed to be wrestled with by other EFCA pastors and leaders. The North Central District put together a trip in March of 2020 to allow for pastors to see the memorial and wrestle with the topic of racism and see how it affects their congregation. On this Martin Luther King day this blog would like to commend Brian Farone for his efforts in combating racial injustice.  Continue reading

Why the EFCA Needs to Discuss Spiritual Abuse and How John Secrest Can Be the Point Person on this Topic

The EFCA needs to start to have a discussion about spiritual abuse. From EFCA One, to blog posts and district conferences its time for the national EFCA to begin to discuss spiritual abuse. Inside the denomination there is one individual who should lead the discussion and guide it. John Secrest is an EFCA pastor who went through the dark Harvest Bible Chapel scandal, and yet he’s the perfect candidate to lead the EFCA in a discussion about spiritual abuse.  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