Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Repost from A Transformed Life - NACCC thoughts

I was going to repost the entirety of a blog entry from my blog, A Transformed Life, which is a response to a church asking for information about the NACCC.

I then discovered that if I post the exact same material on more than one blog, both blogs are penalized in search results. Apparently, that's a no-no. The "accepted" way to do this is to post a link to the other blog.

Doesn't make much sense to me, but I certainly wouldn't want to hurt this blog in its fledgling stages... so, with that in mind, here's the link to my post about the NACCC at A Transformed Life.


KFJ - Ed Backell
Warden, WA

UPDATE - as per Chris M.'s suggestion, here are a few tidbits from the original post on Wordpress:

"The NACCC is an association of fellowship, not an organization of control. We have churches in our national fellowship who are far more theologically liberal than we are… and we have churches that are much more conservative. Where we stand on various issues is *not* the determining factor of our organization. We come together to fellowship with one another as we each follow Christ as the Head of the church. There is no denominational control, no edicts from on high, no memos from the Central Office that tell us what we must do, or how we must do it."

"I’m a BIG fan of the NACCC. It’s not restrictive on in matters of theology (we don’t make our ministers sign theological creeds like the CCCC), and it’s not dictative on matters of social conscience (like the “still speaking” campaign of the UCC). At the risk of sounding like a fairy tale, it’s 'just right'."

Monday, December 10, 2012

12 aspects of Congregational Life and Ministry from a Congregational perspective

This blog is in reference to an idea that was posted on the NACCC Clergy group on Facebook:

"You know what would be cool? A blog dedicated to Congregationalism, where various Congregationalists from different churches/traditions/countries were invited to submit blog entries. If a whole bunch of us all chipped in the occasional article, we'd develop a body of material in a fairly short order."

There was quite a response to that concept, and a number of ideas were brought up in the initial conversation. Here they are:

1. How do other Congregationalists deal with liturgy - who leads and how?
2. Leadership in general: deacons, elders, committees, and the coffee hour host- who's doing what?
3. Seasonal "stuff"... thoughts / ideas on Advent and Lent
4. Procedures for dealing with situations (Congregationalist analog of Presbyterian "Book of Order")
5. How do Congregationalists integrate worship AND technology?
6. Do many Congregational churches use the Lectionary? If so, how? If not, then how are topics selected for worship/preaching/teaching?
7. What are resources that other Congregationalists use that they find helpful? Resources for mundane things like church supplies, and for theological things like books or journals?
8. Communication issues - how do we get and keep people informed in the congregation?

If you look carefully, you'll notice that the last four entries are blank... apparently, there's still room in this conversation for others to jump in.

What are some topics about Congregationalism that are of interest to you, that are not yet mentioned here?

KFJ - Ed Backell, Warden, WA