We as two church movements have much with which to enrich each
other. We have begun to learn from each other and must continue
to benefit by building meaningful relationships. While we hold in
common the lordship of Jesus Christ, we do not need to arrive at
full consensus on doctrinal issues in order to be open to each
other, influenced by each other, genuinely valuing and loving
each other, and learning to minister with each other.
- We have learned that the roles played by the
Enlightenment and American Holiness/Revivalism have
shaped the theological perspectives of our respective
heritages. This awareness now influences our attitude and
helps us to transcend certain limitations coming from our
- We appreciate the value of historic Christian creeds, but
we are unwilling to make any of these creeds a test of
- We celebrate our common conviction that Christ is the
authority for life and belief. Christ is revealed through
the Bible, as interpreted by the work of the Spirit in
the context of the community of faith.
- We desire to recover for our time the essence of New
- We recognize the church as the universal Body of Christ.
Each local congregation is called to be a manifestation
of this one body. We recognize the importance both of
freedom in the Spirit and mutual responsibility among
- We are agreed that baptism is commanded by the Lord Jesus
to be practiced by all of His followers. This baptism is
to be by the immersion in water of penitent believers.
Baptism is symbolic of the atoning death, burial, and
resurrection of Christ. By its nature as well as by
biblical teaching, baptism is involved with forgiveness
of sin. We take pains, however, to repudiate any doctrine
of baptismal regeneration, holding that forgiveness is
wholly a matter of God's grace.
- We rejoice in the Lord's Supper and reaffirm the new
covenant of God's love poured out through Christ, the
crucified, risen, reigning, and returning Lord.
- We encourage our brothers and sisters in the Christian
Churches/Churches of Christ and in the Church of God to
give careful attention to thse affirmations and to
continue discussion of other issues concerning which
there is a range of opinion among us. These include:
footwashing as an ordinance; women in ministry; the most
desirable frequency of participating in the Lord's
supper; and the meanings and processes of the
"sanctification" of Christian believers.
The group concluded this meeting by participating together
in the Lord's Supper, led by James North, with devotional
thoughts and prayer led by Lloyd Pelfry, Kenneth Cable, and Wayne
Shaw. Adjourned at 12:15 p.m.
Barry L. Callen, Secretary