West Coast Christian Accord

Will the EMCC Sign the Accord?

"The West Coast Christian Accord (WCCA)is a document designed to unify like-minded leaders and churches to form a coalition of churches from which a united stand can be mounted where we agree to support one another in love both with words and actions. While it is not intended to be a comprehensive doctrinal statement it is intended to be a statement of faith concerning the authority of scripture on gender identity and human sexuality."

The above statement is taken from the WCCA website. The website also asks and answers three questions: 

1.) What is the Accord? 
2.) Who is it for? 
3.) What is the purpose? 
 
These questions are followed by 14 - We Affirm Statements, and 12 - We Deny Statements. Opportunity is also extended to leaders of organizations to sign the Accord.
 
A leader who signs the Accord would be committing the organization to "re-establish what it means to be an 'evangelical Christian' in a day when long-held, traditional beliefs, convictions and lifestyles are rapidly changing; and to help establish a coalition of pastors and leaders who are willing to stand together and act on these stated convictions." (From the WCCA website).

The question posed above, "Will the EMCC sign the accord?" is a question not easily answered until EMCC leadership have considered such questions as:
  1. How did Jesus think about, speak about and engage with social issues and the political system of His day? What are the implications of the answer to this question for the EMCC today?
  2. What are the upside and downside consequences of accords like the WCCA?
  3. What do we need to remember and learn from such faith-based political movements as the Rev. Jerry Falwell led "moral majority"? 
  4. Is the language of the Accord in alignment with the statements of belief of the EMCC and do they define our beliefs about the state of evangelicalism in Canada, gender identity and human sexuality?
  5. If the EMCC does not sign the WCCA then how should we disciple our people to engage with social, political and other issues the Accord raises? 
Depending on the answers to questions such as these we, the EMCC, have a decision to make. The decision to be made is, "What view does the EMCC hold of the WCCA and how will we engage with its invitation to join the coalition?"

Toward a decision I am asking two groups of leaders to review the WCCA offering their perspective to be considered by the EMCC Board of Directors. The two groups of leaders are: a.) the EMCC Issachar Group; and b.) The EMCC Thinking Biblically theology commission.

I am also asking Pastor leaders and Boards of EMCC churches to delay signing the Accord. The reason for this request is to give opportunity to EMCC leadership to provide guidance to pastors and leaders based on the five questions posed above. This guidance is vital to discipling our people into both immediate and long-term engagement with the issues aroused by the WCCA. 

Thank you for considering my request. You can anticipate receiving guidance on the WCCA after the November 8-10 EMCC National Board meetings

Kervin Raugust
President, Evangelical Missionary Church of Canada