In 1998, there was a joint session of 75 Christian Native leaders representing a diverse group of church denominations and Native para-church ministries from Alaska, Canada, and the US. Together they formulated A Biblical Position by Native Leaders on Native Spirituality. The purpose of the statement was to speak to the issue of the emerging New Age philosophy and the resurgence of Native religious traditionalism and how it impacted the Christian Native church.
Since that session, many have asked what the position is that CHIEF individually embraces? In 2003, the board of CHIEF with its leadership affirmed its statement on cultural issues confronting the Native Christian Church and published a one page document.
Many denominations, ministries, and organizations have used the statement as a model in formulating their own stand on current issues affecting the Native Christian church.
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