Vision & Purpose – Country
VISION AND PURPOSE FOR
NATIONAL COUNCILS ON THEOLOGY
The International Church Council Project exists “To establish for the 21st century a biblical-theological standard of doctrine for the Body of Christ in 80 targeted countries, consistent with the mainstream theology of the first 20 centuries.” The ICCP is calling for regional, state and national councils on theology to review, discuss, edit (if necessary) and hopefully affirm the Affirmations and Denials distilled from all 24 of the ICCP papers or books which deal with the issues now being attacked by liberal, anti-biblical teaching. The results of the discussions and suggestions from the National Councils will be passed up to the International Council on Theology. Each country will be expected to bring their country’s editing input and consensus opinions to the three Global Church Councils scheduled for August of 2017. By God’s grace and lots of hard work, the Bible-believing Body of Christ worldwide will be able, by 2017, to forge for itself a fairly united, comprehensive standard of doctrine dealing with all 24 issues and proceed into the 21st Century united theologically. Following are the specific tasks we envision for the members of National Councils on Theology.
TASKS FOR NATIONAL COUNCILS ON THEOLOGY
1. Privately read over the Affirmations and Denials of the 4 topics your committee has selected to cover at its coming quarterly meeting and make notes you wish to share with the other members at that meeting.
2. Meet with your local council by conference call, E-mail chat room, or in person at the quarterly meeting. During that meeting the members present are to:
A. Share their editorial input and suggestions for improving the Affirmations and Denials and raise any questions they believe should be raised at that point.
B. After discussion, if there is consensus in the group (a simple majority)about changes to suggest or questions to be asked, register those changes or questions with the chairman so he may pass them on to the next larger geographical council for review.
C. Attempt to ratify, by majority vote, as many of the 4 topics under discussion at that meeting as they are able to ratify with a clear, scholarly conscience, and include whatever editorial changes that local council is suggesting.
3. In your own local church or organizational staff meeting, once each year make arrangements with your church leadership to give a Church Council progress report during a morning worship service or congregational meeting, or ask them to allow you to hold a special Church Council Information Meeting at the church for those who may be interested in hearing of this movement.