A Call for Change - Now!

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Yes, we need change, but . . .

Brother Brim has done a superb job of describing the situation in which we find ourselves, and he has also done a fine job of telling us what any reforms brought about through the general conference need to accomplish. I am still reading and studying about the Call to Action proposals. I do believe that boards and agencies are generally too far removed from the concerns of the local church and from the Great Commission. I fear that some of the proposals which I have read may make this worse rather than better, however. I believe that we also need to do something about the seminaries which seem so far removed from the concerns of the local church and from the Great Commission, especially if we are going to spend a lot more money on them.

Mark Flynn more than 5 years ago

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