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Calvinism team listens, learns at first meeting


NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP) — An advisory team on the issue of Calvinism met “to listen, to learn and to hope,” SBC Executive Committee President Frank Page reported after the 16-member group met Aug. 29-30 here.

The goal for the meeting, Page said in an Aug. 31 statement to Baptist Press, “was not to argue theology or to try to change each other’s minds. ... I was greatly heartened by the civil tone that marked the meeting.”

Page named the advisory team – “not an official committee” – in mid-August to develop, as he told Baptist Press at the time, “a strategy whereby people of various theological persuasions can purposely work together in missions and evangelism.”

The advisory team will meet next in early November at a yet-to-be-determined site.

The meeting was conducted on background rules involving no quoted statements by or attribution of comments to advisory team members. By consensus, the advisory team agreed that Page would issue a statement after the meeting.

In announcing the 16-member advisory team in mid-August, Page said additional names could be added to the “group of helpers helping Frank Page come up with some sort of strategy document.”