2009 - Vol. 30.
Tribute to Steve Clark, continued
of Ecumenical Covenant Communities
by Paul Dinolfo
As a Protestant
in the Sword of the Spirit, I have found Steve's ecumenical credentials
a great encouragement. Since his conversion to Christianity, Steve has
combined a strong commitment to his own church, the Catholic Church, with
an openness to Christians from other church communions. His openness to
Pentecostals helped prepare the first Catholics to be baptized in the Holy
Spirit. His commitment to the Catholic Church helped shape the Catholic
charismatic renewal so that it did not become a divisive movement as it
had in so many other church communions prior to 1965. Subsequently the
Catholic charismatic renewal became a model for the charismatic renewal.
I believe this contributed greatly to the subsequent success of the
charismatic renewal movement.
from many different church communions began coming together in Ann Arbor,
Steve recognized the hand of God and saw what was happening as an answer
to the ecumenical vision of Vatican II. Steve embraced this grass roots,
daily-life ecumenism and developed the theological and practical teaching
to support it. He developed the main outlines of our understanding of cooperative
ecumenism, convergent ecumenism, and our ecumenical approach. Steve pioneered
the development of the first ecumenical covenant community. There are currently
nine fully-developed ecumenical communities in the Sword of the Spirit.
Steve has been directly involved in the formation of seven of them.
In this regard
it is also important to note the ecumenical impact of all of Steve's teaching.
It is always deeply grounded in Scripture. Steve has influenced the Sword
of the Spirit so that our teaching is likewise grounded in Scripture. This
makes the Sword of the Spirit accessible to Christians from all church
Dinolfo is the Senior Coordinator Work of Christ Community Lansing, Michigan,
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