This article looks at the nature of the ecumenical movement, specifically attempting to examine the differences between the ecumenical movement as represented in the National Council of Churches, and the evangelical movement as represented by the National Association of Evangelicals. Specifically, we are asking, “Can we be evangelical and ecumenical?” This article will show a difference between the “old ecumenical” movement represented by the National Council of Churches/World Council of Churches and the “new ecumenical” that is seen among evangelicals. It will show why the “old” has failed and is approaching bankruptcy and will demonstrate the growing strength of the “new.” This article will suggest that the “old” is dying because it’s tied to denominational alliances, and we are entering a post-denominational era. Also, the new has demonstrated strengths in the age of postmodernity, postChristianity and post-civilization.
Towns, E. (2005). Being Ecumenical And Evangelical. Journal of the American Society for Church Growth, 16(2), 31-42. Retrieved from https://digitalarchives.apu.edu/jascg/vol16/iss2/4