"Beyond gatekeeping on boundary-setting doctrinalism toward a generous orthodoxy with pietistic emphasis"
This statement from Steven B. Sherman, as part of a describtion of post conservative evangelicals, made me think.
Obviously, if you let go of "boundary-setting doctrinalism", the challenge is to define a congregation. Who's part of it, and who is not? A question that needs answering, if only in order not to lay even heavier burdens on the pastoral staff.
And if you seek officers for a church, you'd like to know who you can consider a Christian, and who isn't there (yet).
It's the old question regarding the essentials all over again. We still need a way to describe them, even if we drop the doctrinalism, or no longer limit our essentials to it.