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Historic Occasion: Pentecostal Presence at the National Council of Churches of Christ General Assembly

There are undeniably some political and theological differences between Pentecostals and some members of the NCC. However, the NCC is a broad group, including a wide range of both conservatives and liberals. The Preamble of their Constitution stresses their belief in Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior according to the Scriptures. Therefore, perhaps there may be room to work together in some measure, especially on Christian unity, and perhaps on shared causes. They do seem anxious to hear our voice and willing to act on what they hear. And, to a certain extent, perhaps we can all learn from each other. It seems like everyone wants to know more about Pentecostals; and many are interested in partnering for Christian mission. Of course, we have a lot of differences with some of these kinds of groups, but also some great commonalities. Personally, I just like to make sure Spirit-filled voices are being heard at every level, and, even more importantly, to testify far and wide of what God is doing among us. Please pray for me as I endeavor to fulfill faithfully what is admittedly a different kind of ministry.

I’m excited about the fresh possibilities for expanding ministries in contemporary times. February 27, 2010 Regent University School of Divinity in Virginia Beach, VA is doing a Symposium on the Great Commission and World Religions. Wipf & Stock will be publishing the different presentations as a book later in the year. Clifton Clarke and Amos Yong are sponsoring the symposium through Regent’s Center for the Study of Global Missions and World Christianity. I’m one of the keynote speakers, along with Veli-Matti Karkkainen, Kirsteen Kim, Cephas Omenyo, and Steven Studebaker. I will be discussing a Pentecostal/charismatic approach to Christian mission regarding the Great Commission and World Religions. I am convinced Pentecostal and Charismatic Christians have much to offer in this exciting area. Please see link for more information. www.regent.edu/acad/schdiv/newsandevents/world-religions-great-commission/presenters.shtml

 

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About the Author: Tony Richie, D.Min, Ph.D., is missionary teacher at SEMISUD (Quito, Ecuador) and adjunct professor at the Pentecostal Theological Seminary (Cleveland, TN). Dr. Richie is an Ordained Bishop in the Church of God, and Senior Pastor at New Harvest in Knoxville, TN. He has served the Society for Pentecostal Studies as Ecumenical Studies Interest Group Leader and is currently Liaison to the Interfaith Relations Commission of the National Council of Churches (USA), and represents Pentecostals with Interreligious Dialogue and Cooperation of the World Council of Churches and the Commission of the Churches on International Affairs. He is the author of Speaking by the Spirit: A Pentecostal Model for Interreligious Dialogue (Emeth Press, 2011) and Toward a Pentecostal Theology of Religions: Encountering Cornelius Today (CPT Press, 2013) as well as several journal articles and books chapters on Pentecostal theology and experience.

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