My Ecclesiastical Search: No Decision But an Important Realization (Miniblog #223)
We’re well into June but “May Madness” rages on. Two and a half weeks ago I narrowed my church search down to a pair of ecclesiastical bodies: the Anglican Church in North America and the Evangelical Covenant Church. Since then disturbingly little progress has been made. But not for lack of effort. I’ve been steadily pondering everything from historical origins to theological distinctives, socio-economic dynamics to political considerations, institutional ideals to personal experiences. Each time I think one has the edge the other balances the ledger. It’s been like that almost mystical game of Rock, Paper, Scissors in which two people tie 11 times in a row. You almost don’t want to keep going because you don’t want to ruin the streak… Anyway, I’ve not yet come to a decision, but tonight I did have an important realization. Much as Elim Mission Church where Sarah and I were married is dual denominational with the Evangelical Covenant Church and the Evangelical Free Church, so I wish I as an individual could somehow be dual denominational with the ACNA and ECC. I’m now convinced I would truly feel at home within either.
Addendum: After posting this I received a Facebook message from Joe Riffe. The comment so perfectly reflected my perspective that I wanted to include it. He wrote, “I can relate. I work for InterVarsity, and have felt torn between the ECC and ACNA for a long time. I went to an amazing ECC church in Cambridge. I’m now pursuing ordination in ACNA. I like the values of the ECC – missional and church planting, multiethnic, the whole mission of the church, etc. Yet, I can’t get away from Anglican theology and historical rootedness.” Bingo.