Wesley Granberg-Michaelson: Denominations will always be needed

But if denominations are to have a vibrant future, they must become a means to network people in meaningful, covenantal relationships, says the former head of the Reformed Church in America.

Editor’s note: As the Christian landscape changes, leaders must ask and answer a new question: What’s the future of denominations? This video is part of an occasional series that offers the thoughts of people across American Christianity on this vital issue. To see the entire series, click here.

[Published January 2010; updated July 2015] Wesley Granberg-Michaelson served as general secretary of the Reformed Church in America (RCA) from 1994 to 2010. During Granberg-Michaelson’s tenure as general secretary, the RCA has implemented a plan for revitalization and church development. He also has served as the first board chair of Call to Renewal, a broadly ecumenical movement linking faith and justice, and as interim moderator in the founding of Christian Churches Together in the USA (CCT-USA).