I often receive requests from readers for the name of a progressive Church of Christ in their area. And so I thought it might be helpful to create a resource that attempts to do just that.
The danger of making such a list is that some would see it as a move toward separation from other Churches of Christ. And some would take offense at the notion of “labeling” a church as anything.
And, then, there’s the problem with defining “progressive,” which is often used in more of a relative sense — A is more progressive than B.
For the purposes of such a list, my thought would be to define a Church of Christ as “progressive” if the leadership does not consider instrumental music a salvation or fellowship issue — even if the church is staunchly a cappella or otherwise very traditional in its practices.
What do you think? Good, useful list, especially for people moving into a new area? Or divisive step toward creating a new denomination?