Alas, I’ve been waiting to read something on doctrinal statements that i can find of use or of insight for me and, in brief, it has been released. So often in life, these statements have felt like this rubber stamp that gave people (or myself) approval, or an “ok” for being “right” Christian in the world. I have felt quite often though that they are part of the “almost redeemed but not yet” catagory; ie that eventually we’d lose all need for them when we truly experience the body and fullness of life in Christ together. As different from creedal statments, or what i’d like to call doctribal statements, (those things which we say together as community which not only form us but give shape to our worship) doctrinal statements seem to just give us a vehicle for further compartmentalization and separation within the body of Christ!
As a “theolopractinker” (that is one who is about the study of God through practice and thinking) i have found this article deeply helpful. Read on and good luck!
PS. Just to make sure people know, i am a person who is under the leadership of statments of faith, therefore I do understand their place in organizations that want to make sure their employees and staff “line up” with what they believe. The point of this is to say, whether or not these same organizations or churches need them in the future is completely up for grabs. If you want to follow more of the conversation, you can also track what one of our panelist for this week’s Emergent conversation, Jamie Smith is saying here