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Growing Toward Unity

August 21, 2008

Today I had the pleasure to participate in a cordial leadership event including six leaders of four former ICOC congregations in the Atlanta area, plus leaders from several area independent Christian churches. The event was hosted by Mount Carmel Christian Church and organized by the Institute for Organizational Leadership. The individual who pulled it together is a former ICOC minister and missionary who is now a member of one of the area’s independent Christian churches.

We enjoyed warm fellowship and delicious food. We heard instructive talks about organizational leadership and also about pastoral counseling (by Dr. Lloyd Looney of Greenleaf Counseling). And we heard from a gentleman who has been instrumental in planting 33 different congregations of independent Christian churches.

These former ICOC congregations and the independent Christian churches have so much in common. I was incredibly encouraged to see all these folks from different branches of the Restoration Movement coming together. We need to be communicating and cooperating more.

Please pray that this will lead to much greater progress to bring the Lord’s prayer for unity closer to fulfillment in our day!

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