12 April, 2024

THROWBACK THURSDAY: ‘The Nature of the Church to Which We Aspire’ (1988)

by | 29 December, 2022 | 3 comments

In his editorial in the May 15, 1988, issue of Christian Standard, Sam E. Stone wrote about the recent passing of Dean E. Walker. In part, Stone wrote, “As an educator, Dr. Walker taught at Butler School of Religion for many years. Later he served as presi­dent of Milligan College for seventeen years, and as founding president of Emmanuel School of Religion.” 

On the back page of that issue, the magazine shared a short piece written by Walker for the church he served in Tennessee. The minister of that church at the time, James L. Street, provided this context.

“In 1983, the board of Hopwood Memorial Christian Church, Milligan College, Tennessee, asked Dr. Dean E. Walker to assist in the development of a set of bylaws. Dr. Walker wrote a succinct statement, ‘The Nature of the Church to Which We Aspire.’ This became both the preamble to the church’s bylaws and an apt description of both the church we are and the church we hope to become.”  

_ _ _ 

The Nature of the Church to Which We Aspire 

DEAN E. WALKER

By Dean E. Walker 
May 15, 1988; p. 24  

The congregation of Christian people by custom meeting for wor­ship in the Hopwood Memorial Church building perceives the Church of Christ as characterized by one body, one Spirit, one hope, one Lord, one faith, one baptism and one God, the Father of all, who ls over all, in all, and through all.  

Christian people are related to God as His children; to one an­other as brothers and sisters; to Christ as our Savior, our Lord, our teacher, our model, and our media­tor of salvation and restoration to true humanity and to fellowship of God in life eternal. Jesus said, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life.”  

We confess one creed: Jesus is the Christ, the Son of the living God.  

We confess one discipline: the Word of God revealed in the New Testament.  

We hold one measure or stan­dard as authoritative: that course of life, personal and corporate, practiced and enjoined by the apostles whom Christ appointed to be His witnesses.  

In sum, the marks of the church are: unity, holiness, universality, and apostolicity.  

Such is the nature of the church. We aspire to work toward its realization.  

—Dean E. Walker
1898–1988 

_ _ _ 

This short essay can still be found on Hopwood Memorial Christian Church’s website. The photograph was taken by Larry Van Dyke in 1978.

3 Comments

  1. Tracey Miller

    Amen!

  2. Annabelle Schertzinger

    We’ll said!

  3. Larry D. Van Dyke

    Photograph by Larry Van Dyke 1978

Submit a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Latest News

HLC Team Recommends GLCC’s Probation Be Lifted

A Higher Learning Commission delegation that visited Great Lakes Christian College in late March is recommending that the accrediting agency lift the school’s probationary status. . . .

The Power of an Emphatic Yes

In 1996, Joe Putting and his elders at Tomoka Christian Church (Ormond Beach, Fla.) asked a simple question: “What would saying an emphatic yes to the Great Commission look like?” They came out of that season of prayer and reflection with an almost obsessive desire to profoundly impact all the nations of the world with the gospel of Jesus Christ. . . .

Ukraine: Wounded but Not Broken

“The overwhelming majority of volunteers at the beginning of the war were provided to Ukrainian society by churches,” Ukrainian minister Valentin Siniy writes. “It is difficult to find an evangelical church that did not play a role” . . .

Search Continues for Missing Women

The Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation is not certain two missing Kansas women—including a Christian church pastor’s wife—are still alive. The women—Jilian Kelley, 39, and Veronica Butler, 27—have been missing since March 30. Kelley is the wife of Heath Kelley, pastor of Hugoton First Christian Church.  . . .

Follow Us