Dear pastors, missionaries, chaplains and friends,
Steve Jones here… My dear friend and mentor, Roy Lawson, told me often:
“Distinguishing between what is worth fighting for and what is not conserves emotional energy.”
Good advice, although sometimes it’s hard to live by.
Some folks warned me a fight was going to happen at our recent FNC 2016 in Niagara Falls, ON. We continue to dialogue together on our current Membership/Baptism issue.
Some thought it would be a National Conference where we would experience “Baptists-behaving-badly”, but it didn’t happen.
In fact, my emotional reservoir was filled during our discussion. I was proud of how our Fellowship family discussed, debated, and declared. For the most part, the comments and questions constituted a fruitful and helpful exchange. Yes, strong opinions were shared — even passionately — but I detected a tremendous spirit of generosity. And so, I tip my hat to you all; well done.
So, what was said? Your National and Regional Council leaders met in Congress immediately after our FNC 2016 to discuss what our delegates and churches said.
I encourage you > CLICK HERE > to read the FNC 2016 Report. The purpose of this report is to attempt to capture the key concerns and suggestions made regarding National Council’s motion. Our hope is that those in attendance at FNC 2016 will agree that the highlights contained in the report do represent what we all heard.
Please pass this FNC 2016 Report along to your church’s pastors and leaders. My hope is that the report will, at the very least, be given discussion time at an upcoming church board meeting in each of your local facilities. We will continue the discussion at our upcoming Fellowship Regional Conferences in the spring of 2017. Lord willing, I will be in attendance at all five Regional Conferences, listening attentively to the discussion. We all get a chance to vote on the motion at FNC 2017, November 13-15, at the Holiday Inn International Airport Hotel in Toronto. Hope to see you there.
Have a blessed week,
Our 2017 Fellowship theme verse is:
“Rooted and built up in him and established in faith, just as you were taught, abounding in thanksgiving.” Colossians 2:7 (ESV)