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Motion to Amend Article 9 of the EFCA Statement of Faith

The EFCA Board of Directors have introduced a motion to amend Paragraph 9, Article III of the Articles of Incorporation of the EFCA, the Statement of Faith, as follows:

We believe in the personal, bodily and premillennial glorious return of our Lord Jesus Christ. The coming of Christ, at a time known only to God, demands constant expectancy and, as our blessed hope, motivates the believer to godly living, sacrificial service and energetic mission.

This motion was unanimously and enthusiastically adopted by the Board of Directors in February, 2017. Because the motion involves a proposed amendment to the Articles of Incorporation, the motion was presented to the 2017 Conference but cannot be acted upon until the 2019 Conference and must receive the affirmative vote of two-thirds of the membership of the 2019 Conference present and voting. The board strongly believes that this motion allows time for necessary and important conversations as a movement.

The proposed amendment of Article 9 of the Statement of Faith came to the Board of Directors as a recommendation of the Spiritual Heritage Committee, and was based on multiple interactions the Spiritual Heritage Committee had with EFCA pastors and leaders across the country, and ReachGlobal staff around the world. The board endeavored to listen, pray, seek the input of our district superintendents, and discern God’s direction for the EFCA movement. Having given careful and prayerful consideration to the recommendation of the Spiritual Heritage Committee, the Board of Directors is in full agreement that this is the right time for these conversations.

The EFCA Statement of Faith is composed of theological convictions central to our faith. The affirmations are theological essentials because they relate to our salvation; they are all vitally connected to the gospel. We believe this, and nothing else, should be our primary point of identity in the EFCA. The proposed amendment to remove the word premillennial, and replace it with glorious, seeks to embody a principle that has been at the core of who we are in the EFCA, a principle considered by many to be our greatest strength, and one of the most cherished features of our spiritual heritage: we are a believers’ church with a strong commitment to biblical unity in Jesus Christ. The EFCA is a gospel-centered movement, united in common commitment to the essentials of the gospel – and further united in mission.

The motion to amend Article 9 of the Statement of Faith was introduced at the business session of the 2017 EFCA Conference but cannot be acted upon until the 2019 Conference. The EFCA Board of Directors is available to answer any questions you might have regarding the proposed amendment and to receive any input that you may wish to share. The conversation this motion initiates is vital to the EFCA movement. If you would like to communicate with the board, you are welcome you to do so at boardofdirectors@efca.org.