This was originally posted on Tim Wood’s blog, mdxvii.com:
The dust from FiveTwo Network’s 2014 Wiki Conference continues to blow and settle in places where it is not wanted. So we thought it might be interesting to churn some of the data points from the conference. The results are revealing, and hint at problems that may need bud-nipping.
Before then, let’s recap:
- The leader of FiveTwo is branded. This is very odd for an under-shepherd who is supposed to be a voice in the wilderness; a proclaimer pointing away from himself at all times to declare: “Behold, the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world.”
- FiveTwo leverages orthodox Lutheran roots, but has identified new offices, confessions and liturgies that are as historic as the right to abortion in the U.S. Constitution.
- FiveTwo is a startup business model, made clear by the leader self-describing as “Founding & Sr Pastor” and “Founding Leader & President”. “Founding Pastor” is as common as hen’s teeth in Lutheran circles, but very chic throughout pentefundagelicalism.
- Follow some money – “multiplying” a moral blindspot:
Head on over to the Thrivent Financial table to say hello! They’re one of FiveTwo’s big supporters. #wiki14
— fivetwo.com (@five2) September 23, 2014
- Criticism of FiveTwo will not be entertained because multi-ethnic urban ministry is, like, so, like, unique in world history: “To all the haters, hate on! We’ll just keep doing what we’re doing.“
- FiveTwo adds up to a shadow synod, but LCMS leadership is looking the other way, or allowing District Presidents to encourage the dissident faction.
Where the Data Leads
We identified 50 individuals connected directly (34/50) or indirectly (16/50) with the FiveTwo Network, and who returned data via the LCMS Locator. The results are posted below; see if you can spot the elephants in the room:
Seminary Qualification by Institution & District Affiliation
Associate Editor’s Note: With this post we welcome Tim Wood to our regular writers here at the Brothers of John the Steadfast. Here is what Tim has to say about himself…
He is a convert from Baptist Fundamentalism after a Peniel like confrontation with Luther’s Law & Gospel. He lives with his family in Denver where he works full time in the natural resources industry, and is a partner in Ad Crucem, a confessional Christian greeting card and gifts enterprise.
Tim and his family are members of a Confessional LCMS congregation in south Denver, and sheep to a wonderful shepherd who patiently guided them into the one true faith. Tim and his wife, Wanita, emigrated from South Africa many years ago.