Kevin Mannoia interviews Dr. Scott Daniels, the newly elected General Superintendent of the Church of the Nazarene, about leading a global denomination through an era of theological and cultural change. They discuss the role of a denominational leader, the Wesleyan theological roots of the Nazarenes, maintaining unity amidst diversity, and key cultural issues like individualism, sexuality, and political polarization that are challenging denominations today. Dr. Daniels emphasizes the Nazarenes’ calling to be a centered set tradition that allows some diversity within boundaries, rather than a bounded set. He talks about pursuing Christ-centered unity across difference and leaning into the Spirit’s global work.
Key TakeawaysUnity in diversity is possible by emphasizing our shared gospel mission while allowing for different cultural expressions and emphases.Denominations can witness to the diversity of God’s work in different groups/movements.Cultural trends like individualism, changing views on sexuality, and political divides are challenging denominational unity.Denominational leaders carry an important burden of shepherding churches through challenging cultural moments.
Bible ReferencesJohn 17 – Jesus’ prayer for unity1 Corinthians 12:4-6 – Many members, one bodyEphesians 4:1-6 – Called to unity in the Spirit
KeywordsDenomination, Nazarene, Wesleyan, unity, diversity, leadership, culture
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