Representatives of several biblically-based Christian groups
have concluded an ecumenical summit in Dallas, issuing a joint
statement of purpose.
Tom Lambrecht, vice president of Good News of
Woodland, Texas, explains that the summit involved 32 leaders
largely from Anglican, Lutheran, Methodist and Presbyterian
"The emphasis here is not just on sharing our experiences
together and supporting and encouraging one another, but actually
moving in the direction of cooperative ministry and sharing of
resources and training and things like that," he details. "So,
we're going to be actually looking at what can we do
together and not just how can we be
Bishop John Bradosky of the North
American Lutheran Church of Dayton, Ohio asserts that the group
will not allow itself to be sidetracked by issues that have caused
splits in major denominations.
"Often we found that the gospel was easily displaced
as less important than the other issues or agendas," he accounts.
"So, that's one of the marked differences with this group."
Though that will not preclude working together on issues like
human trafficking, participants stress their focus will be on
strengthening the effort to spread the gospel.
In their statement titled "Jesus Christ: Our common ground and
common cause," the leaders declare, "Even as we fully acknowledge
the imperfections of Christian institutions and the broken nature
of our collective witness to the world, we commit to strive
together for a faithful way of being the Church together. Our
hearts are burdened for the millions of our neighbors who are
estranged from God and the Church."