Of the two alternatives First and Calvary is considering, ECO and EPC, ECO’s positions on several issues, including the ordination of women, seem like a better fit for First and Calvary.
Nevertheless First and Calvary is going through the motion of doing their due diligence by meeting with representatives from ECO and EPC this week.
- September 13: ECO representative to preach and meet with session after church
- September 16: ECO/EPC congregational forum
- September 20: EPC representative to preach and meet with session after church
- September 22: Denomination committee to make recommendation to session
- September 23: Congregational forum presenting new denomination with Q&A session
- September 27: Congregational meeting after worship to ratify new denomination
Even though I fully expect the end result to be that First and Calvary will affiliate with ECO I was still surprised to find First and Calvary’s pastor, Andrew Chaney, listed as an ECO minister on the ECO website today – September 14 – a full week before the denomination committee intends to make its “recommendation” to the session.
I imagine there is a good explanation for why Andrew’s name is listed as an ECO minister two weeks before the congregation votes to ratify their new denomination, but if nothing else I’d say it’s a pretty good indication of where First and Calvary’s Cherry Street leaders are heading on September 27.
Of course if I was the EPC representative I’d be wondering what I was doing in Springfield this week. So just in case he’s reading this here is my advice to him…Get out and enjoy Springfield. It’s a great city! And try Metropolitan Farmer while you are there, it’s one of my favorite places to eat.