I've been asked for some guidelines for this blog. Here they are:
1. You can discuss whatever you want. There are no taboo issues. But you must remember that this isn't just an open forum. This is part of a denomination, meaning that these are people you will see and work with from time to time, and that ultimately there are rules of belonging. On the other hand, the denomination is only as vibrant as it is alive and willing to stretch past man-made confines. You post at your own risk. But at the same time, being reluctant to post may risk the vibrancy of the denomination (the church) herself.
2. Anonymous posts (and comments) will not be allowed. People have their own context and without knowing that context it becomes next to impossible to truly understand their posts. This doesn't mean you have to give us your entire background. Starting with a name is a good start.
3. People outside the denomination are welcome to comment. It is very healthy for us to receive outside perspective. They do however need to sign their name.
4. Think about what you are saying and how you are saying it. The nastiest communications I have ever sent have been email because if it had been in person I would have stopped well before the end. Being relational and respectful doesn't mean being nice. You can vehemently disagree. But be careful not to be disrespectful.
5. You can become a team member and be allowed to make posts (as opposed to just comments) simply by asking me (Brian Miller). Team members will be limited to Churches of God people, both pastors, leaders, and regular attenders since this is the purpose of the blog. Exceptions can be made with good cause.
This blog is not connected to the Emerging Church (McLaren, Pagitt,...) Many of their ideas are reflected here, but it is not an endorsement or official connection. It is also not an official blog of the CGGC though it was started with permission.