Many thanks to the forty four individuals who attended the meeting last night at New Life Church to hear Rev. Al Frank (EFCA Central District Associate Superintendent & Church Planting Missionary). Al made a presentation about the Evangelical Free Church of America (www.EFCA.org) and was with us until nearly 8:30pm answering numerous pertinent questions.
I appreciated the frankness (pun intended) of the questioning; the answers to which were and are important to our future as a church. We all came away with a clearer understanding of the commitments we are making and the benefits of partnering with the EFCA.
Convening after the meeting, the leadership team decided to move forward with beginning the process of affiliation with the EFCA. As Rev. Frank mentioned, this is similar to a “courtship” period for at least a year for us to get better acquainted with the EFCA and they with us. In the meantime, we will receive many resources to help us become a stronger, healthier and more vital church. Following the courtship period, there would be a vote by the entire congregation before officially joining the EFCA.
Please note, the concerns raised at the meeting regarding how some other EFCA churches have chosen to handle membership will be addressed in the next few months as we formalize our membership process. As a point of reference, I anticipate the membership process being very similar to what I incorporated in the past.
Please continue to communicate your hopes, fears, dreams and concerns to the leadership team. We will keep you informed as our ministry together continues to take shape.
Grateful for New Life,
Pastor George Dohm