The Brumleys and the Greens got to spend great time yesterday with Brian and Sara Felushko, who lead the Vancouver church in our family of “Northwest Churches.” Even though Vancouver did not “sign” the “Unity Proposal,” (well, um, there really wasn’t anything to literally sign anyway!), the fact of the matter is that the Vancouver church practices healthy cooperation: 1) they subscribe to the same basic convictions that needed temporary underlining & emphasis in the Plan for United Cooperation (you can find the doc on Disciples Today); 2) they believe in and practice regional synergy, fellowship, and mature accountability–they are dedicated partners in building up the NW leadership group and the NW membership’s maturity convictions; 3) while they do not believe that trans-congregational affairs (missions, leadership conferences, etc.) must require that we send regional representatives internationally, I believe they are not opposed to others doing this by any means.
I’m saying all this just because I’m inspired by Brian and Sara’s maturity and humility. They came down last weekend to build better partnership between V and Seattle. They have much to offer but have a strong commitment to learning as well. Awesome!
It’s hard to imagine congregations staying strong without cooperation–and that’s all the old “unity proposal” is: a call to minimum but effective cooperation. We have so much to offer one another! I am reminded of a Sesame Street skit that my kids used to sing, “Co-op-er-ation, makes it hap-pen…”