There’s a lot going on with the Fellowship of Presbyterians (FOP) this summer.
In an email sent at the end of last week, it was announced that FOP will merge with Presbyterians for Renewal (PFR) to “nurture and connect gospel-centered Presbyterian Church (USA) congregations and expand relationships with our counterparts in other mainline traditions.”
The merger of the two organizations should be complete by Jan. 1, 2015.
“To this new community, the Fellowship brings its identity and founding vision; a movement within the PCUSA nurturing leaders to meet the challenges of the contemporary church and creating a supportive Biblical community. PFR brings financial and structural resources along with a deep commitment to smaller membership congregations, elders as spiritual leaders, evangelical seminary students and faculty, and the nurture of women in leadership,” the announcement stated.
During the same time period, the Fellowship will be ending its corporate connection with ECO: A Covenant Order of Evangelical Presbyterians. The email did note that relationship will continue to be nurtured between the PCUSA, ECO and FOP through common values, the Essential Tenets, Mission Affinity Groups and other relational opportunities.
A new board of directors for the merged organization should be in place before the upcoming National Gathering, co-sponsored by ECO and FOP.
The 2014 National Gathering: From Consumerism to Community will be held Aug. 18-20 in Dallas, Texas, at the InterContinental Hotel.
Speakers include Alan Hirsch, founding director of Forge Mission Training Network; Dr. Carol Kaminski, associate professor of Old Testament at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary; Kevin Ford, chief visionary officer, TAG Consulting; Katherine Leary Alsdorf, co-author, Every Good Endeavor: Connecting Your Work to God’s Work; Kent Carlson and Mike Lueken, co-authors of Renovation of the Church and co-pastors of Oak Hills Church; Anna Kent, director of Mission Affinity Groups of ECO and FOP; and Singleton.
A video about the Gathering and a schedule of events is available on the web site.
Online registration is available.
Also announced in the email was a Fellowship and PFR breakfast to be held on June 18 at the PCUSA’s 221st General Assembly in Detroit, Mich. It will be held at the Marriott Hotel, and Mark Labberton, president of Fuller Theological Seminary, will be the speaker.
The email was sent by Bill Teng, president of PFR; Jim Singleton, president of the FOP; and Paul Detterman, executive director of both. Detterman has been the executive director of both organizations since the Fellowship was formed.
Since its first gathering in August of 2011, the Fellowship has grown to 230 churches.