Yes. Plain and simple. In humility, we ought to recognize that some organizations are doing some thing better than the SBC and we ought to encourage joining with other networks. Mohler said recently, “SBC is going to have to grow accustomed to churches being involved in SBC AND other networks.”
I agree 100%. I don’t want this thread to become about Mark Driscoll, but Acts 29 is an obvious example. Acts 29 is very good at assessing church planters and helping them plant churches. We ought to encourage networking with Acts 29 and other missions agencies such as Action International. The SBC can benefit greatly from these other networks and agencies. Some might say that we shouldn’t allow our churches to network with Acts 29 and others that we might have disagreements with. I contend, that with “networking” we have more freedom for differences than within our own denomination. It should be okay for a teetotaler to network with people who allow drinking. I certainly don’t mind joining with networks that hold to teetotalism.
If we are really about fulfilling the Great Commission shouldn’t we be opened to allowing our churches to be involved with other networks that help us towards that goal?