On the side of quiet blessings, three stand out to me.
- We refused to step backward into fundamentalism. Several resolutions were proposed that would have pulled us toward the radical right. However, our leaders wisely chose to maintain the center ground.
- We did lots and lots of healthy networking and meeting. Getting loads of leaders together in the same place at the same time allows for all kinds of discussion and planning that isn't normally possible. On my last day, for example, I talked with leaders from Bangladesh and Mozambique about the possibility of partnering with our church in our work with www.freethegirls.org. Both groups were very positive. They are going to do some research and get back to us.
- We approved simultaneous multi-site general assemblies. This will probably be the last general assembly with only one site. In the future, we'll have once central site and extension sites all around the world. This will save millions in travel costs and will enable the vast majority of our international delegates to participate (many of whom are denied visas to the USA). Most likely, North American delegates will never be in the majority again (and rightly so). This resolution passed without much discussion or fanfare, but it is the most significant change for the Church of the Nazarene in my memory.
- First, we elected David Busic, president of Nazarene Theological Seminary. Many had
- Our longings for diversity were finally assuaged, when after massive amounts of drama, we