Town Hall Meeting
On January 14th, 2018, Otley Church held our "Town Hall" meeting as a way of communicating information about these proposals. The consistory will tentatively be voting on Sunday, January 21st. If you would like to express your concern or support of these overtures, please contact Pastor Mike or a member of the consistory.
Proposal # 1
Joining The Gospel Alliance
The first proposal is for Otley Church to join the Gospel Alliance. The Gospel Alliance is a movement of covenant partners who are engaging leaders & communities with the transforming message of the Gospel of Jesus Christ in order to make more & stronger disciples. This alliance is based in a reformed understanding of faith, abiding by the five "Solas" (Scripture Alone, Christ Alone, Faith Alone, Grace Alone, and Glory to God Alone).
The Alliance has seven distinctives which churches and partners work towards. These seven are : Establish and multiply churches, Strengthen existing churches, Develop diversity in congregations, Enhancing local and global missions, Establishing strong leadership development, engage in mercy and social justice, and affirm marital unions as between a man and woman to reflect the covenantal love of Christ and His Church.
For more information about the Gospel Alliance may be found at their website: www.thegospelalliance.com or by clicking their logo on the left.
Proposal # 2
Overture regarding Great Lakes Catechism
Otley Church is considering presenting a request for the Classis of Central Iowa to overture the 2018 General Synod to adopt the Great Lakes Catechism as the fifth standard of the RCA. The "Standards" of the RCA (Belgic Confession, Belhar Confession, Canons of Dort, Heidelberg Catechism, in conjunction with scripture and the creeds (Apostles, Athanasian, Nicene) establish the beliefs and practices of the church.
The RCA is embroiled in a debate over same-sex marriage, splitting families, congregations, and communities and has come to a breaking point. Churches affirming same-sex marriage as well as those holding to a traditional stance have left the church. This catechism, written by Rev. Dr. Branson Parler (Former President of North Grand Rapids Classis) formulates a standard which all Christians should both embrace and abide in. You may access the Great Lakes Catechism online or by requesting a copy through the office.
The overture originated with Rev. Nathan Weller of CenterPoint Church in Lewis Center, Ohio and will be brought to their classis as well. The actual overture may be found here.