The Board of RCRT recently agreed to launch ‘The Ecclesiology Project’. This means that the doctrine of the church will be the focus for much of our research and writing for the next few years.
Why the doctrine of the church? Well, it seems to us that this is the area of Christian theology where there is least agreement and most need of some biblical thinking. Most recent discussions have been ecumenical in nature, and have focussed on identities and structures, denominational distinctives and orders of clergy. To give consideration to the doctrine of the church biblically and theologically perhaps offers a more constructive way forward.
Those Christians who stand in the Reformed tradition have a particular interest in this subject because the divisions within the Reformed churches have been much more prolific and damaging than in others. One only has to consider the number of Presbyterian denominations in Scotland.