Benjamin Vrbicek was ordained in a special service at Community Evangelical Free Church of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania on January 19, 2020. Benjamin has the historical distinction of being the first amillennial pastor ordained nationally since the EFCA dropped its statement on premillennialism at EFCA One in 2019. This blog wanted to document these events and wish Benjamin and Community Evangelical Free Church of Harrisburg well. Continue reading
At the national EFCA blog on January 14, 2020 Eddie Cole was profiled by EFCA President Kevin Kompelien. This post explores what is said and shares some insight on Eddie Cole as well. The national EFCA is fortunate to have in their Minneapolis office a man who was affectionately called, “Bishop Eddie” in the Eastern District. Continue reading
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
Brian Farone, the North Central District Superintendent of the EFCA overseeing Minnesota addresses the issue of child sex abuse. This blog is grateful for taking a pro-active stance on this topic. After all modern evangelical Christianity is struggling with this topic. Continue reading
One of the issues inside the EFCA is that of the Neo or New Calvinists. Calvinism had led to a lot of division over the course of time. Recently one person who saw their church affected by Calvinism had an email exchange with Greg Strand on the topic. After I read it I asked for permission to publish it to this blog.
The leadership as well as the leadership structure of the Eastern District of the EFCA has changed. Eddie Cole has left as District Superintendent to work under EFCA President Kevin Kompelien in Minneapolis. The Eastern District becomes the fourth district in the EFCA to adopt Clause B which allows for greater support from Minneapolis. The district superintendent position has been divided between Cedrick Brown and Tony Balsamo. Continue reading
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