Dr. Ronald Enroth & Great Commission Churches
John Hopler, Great Commission Churches Director
Great Commission Churches (GCC) began in the 1970s on college campuses with young, enthusiastic leaders who were very active in sharing their faith in Christ. Because these campus fellowships were isolated from older more mature Christians, some errors and imbalances occurred which led to some criticisms--some of which were mischaracterizations of our movement but some of which were valid. These youthful errors and imbalances were acknowledged and corrected in the 1980s and 1990s when GCC pastors wrote the Errors and Weaknesses Paper and initiated Project Care, a movement wide reconciliation effort. Today, GCC is a member of the National Association of Evangelicals and the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability.
In 1992 during Project Care Dr. Ronald Enroth wrote "Churches That Abuse" in which he mentioned several groups including Great Commission. Dr. Enroth quoted some former leaders who were especially critical of the primary founder of Great Commission International, Jim McCotter, who left Great Commission in 1986. After GCC reconciled with some of GCC’s primary critics from the past, Dr. Enroth wrote the following on June 1, 2012:
To Whom It May Concern:
Approximately two decades ago, I made reference in my writing to a network of churches then known as Great Commission International (GCI), now known as Great Commission Churches (GCC). Some former members and other critics were of the opinion that the leadership of GCI was authoritarian and controlling. Elders were said to emphasize loyalty to the group and the promoting of an unhealthy dependency on the leadership. Examples of those perceived attitudes were reported in my book, CHURCHES THAT ABUSE (1992). In recent years attempts have been made to achieve Christian reconciliation involving current and past church leadership and former members. I am pleased to learn that remarkable progress toward restoration and reconciliation has been a reality. Based on information I have received, I wish to inform my readers that I no longer view GCC as spiritually unhealthy and I commend all parties for their willingness to strive for unity in the body of Christ and to make changes and improvements as needed.
In response, we greatly appreciate Dr. Enroth taking the time to write this note. In 1992, we expressed our disagreement with the overall characterization of GCC by people quoted in Dr. Enroth's book. However, today we have put that disagreement behind us and are moving forward, enjoying the reconciliation that God has brought about in recent years. And we are grateful that Dr. Enroth has a different view of GCC today. For this we give glory to the God of reconciliation, the Father of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
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