Last week I reached out to Eric Elnes, the author of The Phoenix Affirmations: A New Vision for the Future of Christianity and founder of Crosswalk America. I sent an email explaining how we had used the Phoenix Affirmations in our small groups and that we were just concluding a worship series focused on the Affirmations. He called a few days later and we talked a lot about the possibility for curriculum based on the Phoenix Affirmations – including a video series that introduces Christianity from a progressive perspective. He was very encouraging about the opportunity to have more resources so we’ll see what we can do!
Well Eric blogged about our call an how EXCITED he is to have a church start-up that used the Phoenix Affirmations as its springboard. It is really a great blog entry – read it HERE.
(NOTE: Some of the info Eric wrote in the blog is the result of cell-phone communications – “can you hear me now?” The administrative location of our Springboro PO Box is listed – we’ll have to fix that soon. I mentioned that we had seen about 65-75 faces at Nexus, including the 40-50 regular attendees which got translated into 65 regular attendees. The small group involvement is also overstated – where I think I said about 1/3 of the regulars were in small groups but nearly everyone had picked up a copy of the Phoenix Affirmations…)
What a great shot of energy and connectedness. Eric was a very down-to-earth person and supportive of our efforts and what we have accomplished in a short period of time.
Thanks to everyone – keep up the faith and great work!