Ron Clark

last updated 12/11/2017

Ron Clark

Ministry at Agape Church of Christ

Location:
740 SE 182Nd Avenue, Portland, Oregon, United States
HQ Phone:
(503) 781-1138

General Information

Experience

Adjunct Bible Lecturer - Cascade College

Preaching Minister - Metro Church of Christ

Adjunct and Minister - Early Church

Education

Doctor of MinistryHarding Graduate School

DoctorateHarding University Graduate School of Religion

M.Div.Harding University Graduate School of Religion

degrees - Biology and Chemistry , Central Missouri State University

undergraduate degrees - Biology and Chemistry , Central Missouri State University

Affiliations

Member - Society of Biblical Literature

Co-Founder - Portland Center for Building Caring Families

Member - new Portland Center for Building Healthy Families

Member - Portland Wrestling Officials Association

Member - Multnomah

Co-Founder - East Multnomah County Community

Member of Attorney General's Sexual Assault Task Force and Community - the Oregon

Member - Attorney General's Sexual Assault Task Force

Recent News  

THE SPIRIT'S SWORD (19:17) - January 01 2017

A gospel preacher asked to review an article on this topic by Dr. Ron Clark of the Agape Church of Christ, Portland, Oregon, entitled Males and Females Roles in the Agape Church of Christ.
I recommend you read Dr. Clarks article at http://agapecoc.com/need-more/male-and-female-at-agape/, then my review that follows. Review of Males and Females Roles in the Agape Church of Christ I am not familiar with the Agape Church of Christ in Portland, OR, or with Dr. Ron Clark. Clark begins by misusing Romans 8:26 and from there he builds the false premise that the Holy Spirit "empowers" Christians in some (undefined) way apart from the inspired word. This allows him/them to then trust in experiences, feelings and human wisdom to direct a new path for the Agape Church of Christ. He says, As the Spirit empowers us to be like Jesus (Romans 8:26) so we must empower all people to be what God has called them to be. Males and females must equally be empowered to reflect the honor of Jesus and become what God has called them to be (Galatians 3:26-29). (He is very fond of the word empowerment.) His use of it belies his intent to give positions and power to women in churches that have not been given to them by the Holy Spirit in His word. I do not hesitate to identify this doctrine as false, and Dr. Clark as a false teacher who should be marked for his error (Rom. 16:17-18). (I have not even commented on the multiple Scriptural violations that are obvious on the Agape Church of Christ website.)

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Missio Dei Journal

Ron Clark, "Agape: Creating Missional Partnerships to Lead Community Shalom , Justice, and Healing"
Missio Dei Journal Ron Clark Ron Clark is the minister for the Agape Church of Christ in Portland. Agape is a church, planted through the Kairos network, that reaches marginalized populations and collaborates with abuse, homeless, and trafficking agencies to offer safety and healing for survivors. Ron received his DMin and MDiv from Harding School of Theology and has been in ministry for over 30 years. He has recently written Jesus Unleashed and The Spirit of Jesus Unleashed on the Church (Wipf & Stock, 2016). He is an adjunct instructor and dissertation advisor at Portland Seminary, and is co-chair of the Pacific Northwest SBL's New Testament section. Ron has served on agencies such as the Oregon's Sexual Assault Task Force, Village Coalition, and Portland United Against Hate. He and his wife Lori have been married 30 years and have 3 sons. See also, Walter Brueggemann, The Prophetic Imagination , 2nd ed. (Minneapolis: Fortress, 2009); Ron Clark, The God of Second Chances: Finding Hope through the Prophets of Exile (Eugene, OR: Wipf & Stock, 2012); and Kevn J. Vanhoozer and Owen Strachan, The Pastor as Public Theologian: Reclaiming a Lost Vision (Grand Rapids: Baker, 2015), 19. 28 Ron Clark, Freeing the Oppressed: A Call To The Church Concerning Domestic Violence (Eugene, OR: Cascade, 2009); Ron Clark, Am I Sleeping With the Enemy? Males and Females in the Image of God (Eugene, OR: Cascade, 2009); and Ron Clark, The Better Way: The Church of Agape in Emerging Corinth (Eugene, OR: Pickwick, 2010). I note in these publications that Paul's challenge to the Corinthian Christians to practice agape /love (spiritual maturity) came alongside the Roman culture and worldview that he felt was "passing away," "temporary," and "imperfect/immature," (1 Cor 1:28; 2:8; 7:31; 13:8). 32 Ron Clark, "Submit or Else! Intimate Partner Violence, Aggression, Abusers, and the Bible," in A Cry Instead of Justice: The Bible and Cultures of Violence in Psychological Perspective , ed. Dereck Daschke and Andrew Kille (New York: T&T Clark, 2010), 87-106; and Ron Clark, "Is There Peace Within Our Walls? 34 Ron Clark, Jesus Unleashed: Luke's Gospel for Emerging Christians (Eugene, OR: Cascade, 2014); Ron Clark, The Spirit of Jesus Unleashed on the Church: The Acts of the Holy Spirit on the Early Christians (Eugene: Cascade, 2016). 34 Ron Clark, Jesus Unleashed: Luke's Gospel for Emerging Christians (Eugene, OR: Cascade, 2014); Ron Clark, The Spirit of Jesus Unleashed on the Church: The Acts of the Holy Spirit on the Early Christians (Eugene: Cascade, 2016).

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In February 2006 Ron and Lori Clark felt a stirring to lead a church that had a heart for the oppressed and those seeking God's love.
Having spent 8 years as the preaching minister for the Metro Church of Christ in Portland, Ron and Lori knew that God was leading them away to a different ministry. However, Ron knew that God had not called him to be a pastor but an evangelist. In February 1986 at a church in Missouri the elders of the church had laid hands on him and commissioned him to the work of an evangelist. The past 20 years of ministry were exciting but Ron and Lori knew that God needed more. In Febraury 2006 Ron, Lori, Nathan, Hunter, and Caleb attended a discovery lab for Kairos Church Planting. Dr. Stan and Gena Granberg had encouraged Ron and Lori to pray because they felt God had a new church in mind for them. Ron resigned as preaching minister April 9, 2006 without funding and beleiveing that God had called them to start a new church in Portland. Ron Clark Lead Church Planter

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