Arbor Grove Congregational Church
August 2019

400 Years of Faith

I returned from the Annual Meeting and Conference of our National
Association of Congregational Christian Churches (NACCC) refreshed and energized. One of the topics was the events occurring in 2020, and the 400th anniversary of the landing of the Pilgrims and the beginning of Congregationalism in America. A committee has been preparing for this for the past several years.

The Pilgrims came to the New World to escape religious persecution. They believed: Jesus Christ is the head of the church; and people should have the freedom to worship as the Lord guides them, not as a government tells them. They believed the church should be autonomous and have the freedom to call their minister, not have one assigned or
appointed by a higher authority. There is so much more we will discover during the next year as we learn about some of the people and events that are part of our heritage.

The NACCC is a part of our heritage, and we will discover how and when it came to be and why.  This association provides fellowship and services in the Congregational tradition but has no authority to set policy or theology for member churches. Probably one of the best statements describing the NACCC was given by Rev. Dr. Mary ‘Mimi’ Biedron, pastor of North Congregational Church in Farmington Hills, at a recent Executive Board Meeting of the Michigan Conference:

I have never heard the NACCC described in this way, but she has given a very accurate description of the NACCC, in my mind anyway. 

I invite you to learn more about our heritage, with me; and help us celebrate the 400th anniversary of Congregationalism in America, our

Rev. Jerry W. Turner

Arbor Grove Congregational Church
2621 McCain Road
Jackson, MI 49203
(517) 784-4824
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“The NACCC is not a denomination; rather it is a co-op, meaning it is an association of autonomous churches which joins for specific collaboration in areas including clergy training and call, missions, and resources. Since it is not a denominational body, there can be no centralized theological or social positions. The only requirement is member churches must have a church covenant.”