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EFCA and Trinity strengthen partnership at national conference

Trinity CommunicationsJune 26, 2017

Delegates to EFCA One, a biennial meeting of the Evangelical Free Church of America, unanimously approved changes to bylaws that define the movement’s partnership with Trinity International University.

EFCA One convened at Austin Oaks Church in Austin, Texas June 20-22.  The changes clarify responsibilities of the EFCA Board of Directors and the Trinity Board of Regents, and specify the configuration of the Trinity board.

The adopted bylaw amendments include a provision ensuring that the EFCA Board of Directors will elect all Trinity board members. In addition, at least half of the Trinity board must hold membership in good standing in EFCA churches, and four board members must be ordained EFCA pastors.

The EFCA president retains a permanent appointment to the Trinity board, with the privilege to appoint an additional board member. The bylaw amendments also state that the EFCA Statement of Faith will continue to be the Statement of Faith for Trinity International University.

“We are grateful for the strong show of support for the bylaw changes, which we believe will strengthen the relationship between Trinity and the EFCA for years to come,” Trinity President David S. Dockery said.

Trinity also hosted a dinner for alumni and friends June 21. At the event, Dockery presented a campus update. He awarded Trinity’s EFCA Denominational Service Award to Steven Hawn, who serves on both the EFCA and Trinity boards.

“Steve Hawn reflects the best of the EFCA and serves the Trinity Board of Regents with great distinction,” Dockery said. “He is a model churchman and a wonderful leader for the Trinity board.”

Trinity Evangelical Divinity School faculty members Jared Alcántara, D.A. Carson, Constantine Campbell, David Gustafson, Donald Guthrie, and John Woodbridge led training sessions called “Deeper Learning Tracks,” and shorter intensive sessions focused on topics of importance to church leaders.

Nearly 800 people attended EFCA One in Austin, 533 of whom were voting delegates. They came from 42 U.S. states and 22 countries, according to EFCA records. Trinity staffed two displays at Austin Oaks Church to help attendees learn more about academic programs and the benefits the University provides to EFCA churches.

The newest benefit, announced at the start of the meeting, is a graduate certificate program for EFCA ministers and missionaries. The eight-course program, offered completely online, benefits full- and part-time EFCA ministers and missionaries who completed undergraduate degrees in areas other than biblical studies or theology. The first cohort will begin in the fall semester.