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Between God and GreenHow Evangelicals Are Cultivating a Middle Ground on Climate Change$

Katharine K. Wilkinson

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199895885

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199895885.001.0001

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(p.167) Appendix I “Vineyard Churches: Seven-Year Plan for American Evangelicalism” (2009)

(p.167) Appendix I “Vineyard Churches: Seven-Year Plan for American Evangelicalism” (2009)

Between God and Green
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Summary of the Plan’s Initiatives

  • Facilitate an annual Creation Care Leadership Summit to gather evangelical leaders in the field of creation care for prayer, planning, and co-ordination of efforts. Purpose: to network established and emerging leaders in creation care; to learn from each other and coordinate efforts for optimal impact on the wider American Evangelical Community.

  • Facilitate a high level event to inspire, equip, and empower the most influential evangelical pastors to actively support creation care in the evangelical church community. Purpose: to expand the number of influential evangelical pastors committed to promoting environmental stewardship.

  • Support a Creation Care Churches Clearing House to identify American evangelical church congregations committed to creation care. Purpose: to promote best creation care practices among evangelical churches and establish the most accurate data regarding churches committed to creation care.

  • Support Best Church Practices for creation care congregations. Purpose: to develop environmental quality standards for model congregations to set the pace for growth in environmental stewardship among American evangelical churches.

  • Seek to establish a Church Network Task Force to promote creation care within each of three influential American evangelical church networks: Willow Creek Association, Saddleback Resources, and Vineyard: A Community of Churches. Purpose: to develop a model for promoting creation within the three most influential “postdenominational” church networks in American Evangelicalism.

  • Promote Creation Care among younger generations of American evangelicals through a partnership with Renewal (an evangelical, student-led creation care (p.168) movement on Christian college campuses) and Intervarsity Christian Fellowship (an evangelical, student-led organization on secular college campuses). Purpose: to inspire, equip, and empower a new generation of evangelical leadership committed to integrating faith and environmental stewardship.

  • Work with the NAE Creation Care Advisory Group to develop a strategy to bridge the cultural divide between evangelicals who support action to mitigate human-caused climate change and evangelicals who are skeptical about climate change science. Purpose: to move beyond the partisan rhetoric surrounding climate change in order to focus American evangelicals on the fact of climate change (irrespective of cause); evangelicals skeptical of anthropogenic climate change could thus be mobilized to aid in adatation efforts, especially through global missions, where evangelicals are already helping populations vulnerable to the dangers of a warming climate.

  • Promote a new partnership between evangelical global missions leaders and creation care leaders. Purpose: to mobilize the vast network of evangelical missionaries working among vulnerable populations to assist in improving environmental conditions affecting those populations.

  • Integrate evangelical concern for creation care with the much broader movement of growing evangelical concern for other justice issues. Purpose: to frame environmental concern within the biblical concern for justice, which is an increasing concern of the American evangelical community.