In response to the question, “What is the future of the faith-based initiative?”

As part of Christianity Today’s Speaking Out (web-only) feature, Stephen V. Monsma and Stanley Carlson-Thies, of Calvin College’s Henry Institute and the Center for Public Justice respectively, address the future of the faith-based initiative under President Obama.

Monsma and Carlton-Thies outline five “encouraging signs” and one “major concern.”

The encouraging signs include the naming of the office executive director (Joshua DuBois) and advisory council (including “recognized evangelicals” like Richard Stearns, president of World Vision; Jim Wallis of Sojourners; Frank Page, past president of the Southern Baptist Convention; and pastor Joel Hunter of Northland Church in Longwood, Florida).

The major concern? “The hiring issue. The status quo remains in effect but without a strong administration defense of it.”

  • Joe Knippenberg

    I’d be even more encouraged if President Obama appointed one of the authors of the article to his Council, to counterbalance the vocal opponents of religious hiring rights he has already appointed. Prof. Monsma is a more likely appointee than is Stanley Carlson-Thies, who has the “taint” of the Bush Administration OFBCI about him. And Monsma is a leading scholar in the field.