Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Artilce: Three ways to encourage peace between generations

In this article Ed Stetzer explores that diversity in a congregation or denomination can be a real blessing, however it will take work....
He suggests that congregations and denominations looking to encourage peace need to:

  1. Refrain from arrogant attitudes
  2. Respect God's varied ministry callings
  3. Reinforce a culture of peace
He concludes with the following:

In the end, it is important to remember that substance is more valuable than style. We can and should be aggressive when it comes to issues of substance. There are things you cannot be and still be considered within the boundaries of your theological tribe—it isn’t a free-for-all.
If you are going to be in a family, value what the family values.
But we should be generous when it comes to style. There is more space for variations. When it comes to flexible issues that will change according to context, intentionally work in and toward peace.
Denominations and networks must have common beliefs with diverse applications across ethnicity, languages, and cultures. That's a given. What is harder for some is to see that diversity across generations.

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