Greg Strand is EFCA executive director of theology and credentialing, and he serves on the Board of Ministerial Standing as well as the Spiritual Heritage Committee. He and his family are members of Northfield (Minnesota) EFC.
While faithfully administering this policy since its adoption, members of the Board of Ministerial Standing (BOMS) periodically raised questions about process, but also about the foundations of the policy itself. At the April 2012 BOMS meeting, a task force was appointed (known as the Divorce Policy Exception Revision Committee) to review current policy and bring recommendations. Through numerous drafts, BOMS endorsed the proposal, which was presented to the EFCA Board of Directors in the spring of 2014. The Board of Directors has now placed it on the business session agenda for action at the EFCA One conference on June 16-18, 2015.
The recommendation is that current policy, adopted by the Conference in 1982, be repealed. Since that policy was adopted by the Conference, only the Conference can amend or repeal it. The replacement policy does not need to be adopted by the Conference, but rather approved through the appropriate EFCA leadership structures for setting policy.
The document can be accessed here. Any questions or comments can be addressed to the Board of Ministerial Standing at firstname.lastname@example.org There will also be an opportunity to discuss this at the Conference on Tuesday, June 16 during the lunch hour.