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PRESBYTERIAN
(2007-12-12)
(wgvu) - WEST MICHIGAN'S 18,000 THOUSAND MEMBERS OF THE PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH ARE GETTING A NEW LEADER.
THE REVEREND DR. JOHN BEST TAKES OVER AS GENERAL PRESBYTER OF WEST MICHIGAN, LEAVING BEHIND A WELL ESTABLISHED PASTORSHIP AT MONTAUK COMMUNITY CHURCH ON LONG ISLAND. HE MOVES INTO AN ADMINISTRATIVE POSITION IN KALAMAZOO COUNTY THAT WILL HAVE HIM OVERSEEING 70 CONGREGATIONS.
ONE OF THE INTERNAL CHALLENGES FACING MANY PROTESTANT DENOMINATIONS IS THAT OF WORSHIP STYLE. THE DEBATE OVER TRADITIONAL VERSUS CONTEMPORARY IS STILL ALIVE, NOW FOCUSED MORE ON THE NON-DENOMINATIONAL MEGA CHURCHES.
BEST SAYS WHILE PEOPLE SHOULD BE ENCOURAGED TO WORSHIP IN THE STYLE THEY'RE COMFORTABLE WITH, HE DRAWS THE LINE WHEN A CHURCH FORGETS ITS CORE MISSION OF MAKING PEOPLE DISCIPLES OF CHRIST.
BEST SAYS MOST PRESBYTERIAN CHURCHES OFFER BOTH TRADITIONAL AND CONTEMPORARY SERVICES.
HE STARTS HIS NEW JOB IN PORTAGE JANUARY FIRST, AND ADMITS THAT WHILE HE'S LOOKING FORWARD TO THE EXPERIENCE, LEAVING A REGULAR PASTORSHIP BEHIND WILL BE BITTERSWEET.
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