Extra-Ecclesial Gospel Partnerships: A Mess Worth Making

Kevin DeYoung and Ryan Kelly | November 11, 2014

Should Christians who share many of the most important theological commitments partner across denominational lines for mutual support and collaborative ministry? Are there historical precedents for the kind of gospel networks we see flourishing in evangelicalism today? How do popular extra-ecclesial gospel partnerships work (or not work) in the current U.S. church scene? This article seeks to answer such questions, using Together for the Gospel and The Gospel Coalition as primary test-cases, and arguing that the dangers common to these kinds of non-denominational movements should not lead one to minimize the gospel-defining, gospel-promoting, and gospel-celebrating work they do. If we enter into these partnerships with our eyes open to their inherent limitations, they can serve a useful purpose in supporting the local church, encouraging pastors, and defending the faith.

Over the past two decades, North American evangelicalism—especially that of the broader Reformed tradition—has seen the birth of a number of interdenominational partnerships (or alliances, networks, movements, and so on). No two share the exact same aims and goals; no two draw the exact same theological lines or circles of inclusion. But many share a similar spirit.Download / By José Martín Ramírez Carrasco

Together for the Gospel (T4G), for instance, is simply a biennial conference for pastors, yet a flavor…

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