May 22, 2013
In this month’s “Communicator,” the yearly meeting’s newsletter, Indiana Yearly Meeting’s Superintendent, Doug Shoemaker, reports on a conference he attended:
Recently four of us from IYM were sent by our Evangelism & Outreach Committee to Barclay College where we participated in the very first National Friends Church Multiplication Conference. Planners of this historic event, which gathered evangelically-minded Friends from around the country, dared to ask, “Can you imagine what would happen if God poured out His Spirit in such a way that we experienced a Friends church multiplication movement?!”
He names Bruce Redmond as the “featured speaker” at this National Friends Church Multiplication Conference. Who is Bruce Redmond, I wondered? Someone who works on church planting for the Evangelical Free Church of America (EFCA). What does EFCA believe, I wondered. Here is what they believe about the Bible:
Why was someone from the EFCA chosen to be the featured speaker at a National Friends Church Multiplication Conference? Do “evangelically-minded Friends from around the country” (Shoemaker’s phrase) want to embrace this view of the Bible? Does being a disciple require acceptance of Biblical inerrancy?