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Boston Church of Christ

Aug 30th, 2010 | By | Category: Apology, Boston Movement, Documents, Kip McKean

Various documents from the Boston Church of Christ

1979 – The Lexington Church of Christ invites Kip McKean to become it’s pulpit and campus minister.

1981 – Church is renamed the Boston Church of Christ.  As the Boston Church begins sending out church plantings and reconstructions it becomes known as the Boston Movement.

1992 – Church growth authority John Vaughan, first refers to the “International Churches of Christ” which replaces the name the Boston Movement.

1994 – From the Churches of Christ to the Boston Movement: A comparative Study

March 16, 2003 – Boston Apology Letter

May 4, 2003 – Vision for and by the Elders – an article appeared on UpCyberDown website

June 12, 2003 – A Letter of Update from the Board of Directors of the Boston Church of Christ regarding issues raised in the Boston Apology Letter.

September 12, 2003 – Congregational Devo – Wyndham Shaw – On To Maturity

December 14, 2003 – Congregational Meeting

August 28, 2005 – Boston Elders Response to actions of McKean and issue a warning.  “Kip’s actions are divisive and arrogant and must be opposed.”

November 11, 2006 – Doug Arthur from the Baltimore ICOC parts ways with Kip McKean (Arthur currently leads the Boston Church of Christ)

“This brother is Kip McKean. It profoundly saddens me that we have come to this moment in time. I love and appreciate all that Kip has done for me and many of our churches. He is a man of great vision and zeal, but I couldn’t disagree with him more adamantly. I believe all we need now is faith and victorious examples to inspire one another. (That is why I’m so proud of the Greater Baltimore Church . God has blessed our faith with inspiring progress .We have witnessed dozens of baptisms and restorations and a rapidly growing attendance and contribution.)

I have been one of Kip’s closest friends for more than 25 years and I have tried hard in the last year to avert this parting of the ways. Doug Lambert and I visited Portland in May of this year to call the leadership to repent of critical and condescending remarks that were constantly being made about Churches and Christians in other places. I even went so far as to offer help in editing the Portland bulletin in an attempt to minimize these offensive comments and characterizations. Though some changes were made and Kip apologized publicly and privately, the reconciliation I had hoped for as well as the consistent change in message from Portland has not occurred.  Tragically, in recent months it has become clear that these efforts were cosmetic in nature. The underlying conviction that Kip and the Portland leadership maintain is that our fellowship is collectively beyond hope and can best be used for ‘spare parts’ to be build a whole new “movement”.”

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