Theology in Community

by Jeremiah Duncan and Mitch Lee

We are pleased to introduce a new series of community learning opportunities, called Theology in Community.  The first offering will be a 4 part series on Women in Ministry.   

Let’s Talk

The Pacific Conference is often described as a ‘relational system’. To be our best, we need to learn together, grow together, and be together. From this belief,  Theology in Community was birthed. Theology in Community will be an annual opportunity for each of us to engage in thoughtful, Biblically-informed, and artfully-facilitated conversations around theological issues of our day. Each issue will be curated by a team of practitioners committed to drawing out our thoughts, beliefs and traditions. We hold each issue in the light of Scripture, orthodox Christian practice and the illuminating presence of the Spirit of the Living God. We desire to increase our knowledge and understanding, raising the bar of conversation around each topic. We get to work out our Theology in Community.  

This year we grapple with the Biblical role of women in ministry. For some background, in 2019, a petition was put forth by two of our conference churches to remove male specific language used in The Discipline around ordination. What does this mean for women in ministry? In our Conference? In Christendom around us, we observe female and male Christ-followers preaching, teaching, church planting, and leading at all levels of the church. How has the Church historically dealt with this issue? How are we to walk faithfully forward in our day, context, and culture? What does the Bible say about this? Where is the ‘wind of the Spirit’ blowing? Our goal is to walk in peace and unity, faithfully and obediently following our Lord.   

Theology in Community is a place to ask these questions and more. Theology in Community is a place where we see our relational system at work. Theology in Community is a place where we learn together, grow together, and a place we come to be together.  

Before You go…

What questions do you have about women in ministry?

What leadership roles do women hold in your local church? 

What leaders in your church can you invite to be a part of this conversation?

Two identical cohorts are being offered. Choose the time that works best for you. Tuesday Evenings at 7 pm on Zoom (April 6, April 20, May 4, and May 18) or Thursday Mornings at 9 or 10 am on Zoom (April 8 at 10 am, April 22 at 9 am, May 6 at 9 am, and May 20 at 10 am). Sign up here! https://pacificecna.org/about-us/theology-in-community

 

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  1. William Harold Vermillion says:

    Thanks to you all for doing this The actual background goes back much further than 2019. In the late 1990s there was a motion presented to the Conference on ordaining women. The result was commissioning. Looking forward to seeing how the discussion goes.

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