FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions):
Where does Rock the World stand spiritually and theologically?
Rock the World’s Foundational Assumptions address this. Basically, our Foundational Assumptions boil down to “We follow Jesus in the power of the Spirit under the authority of the Bible.”
Where does Rock the World stand on the issues facing the Church?
There are two hot button topics people usually have in mind these days when they ask this: 1) human sexuality; 2) denominational unity/division.
1) Human Sexuality. Here is our official policy: "We affirm and teach the unchanging Biblical standard that sexual union belongs exclusively in lifelong, heterosexual marriage. Outside of marriage, God's plan for our sexual nature is celibacy. Obedience to God and the pursuit of holiness are His means for directing and amending our sexual behavior and for rightly ordering our common life in Christ." We believe failure to live up to this standard is exactly that: failure. Attempts to justify or promote sexual behaviors that contradict this standard are tragically misguided. We must also remember we are all sinners. God in His love calls us all to repent of our sins, whatever they may be. As we follow Jesus, we rely on the mercy and grace of God in our own lives and reach out in love and compassion to all those whose lives fall short of the truths God has revealed in Scripture.
2) Although we have historically enjoyed an informal association with Anglicanism, Rock the World is not legally a part of any denomination. As a result we don't adopt official positions on strictly denominational matters. However, we take note of this and advise others to consider doing likewise: unlike denominations and other ministries, the Word of God lasts eternally. "The grass withers, the flower fades, but the Word of our God will stand forever." (Isaiah 40:8)
Less Frequently Asked Questions:
Is founder Whis Hays Rock the World's Executive Director?
Yes -- again! Whis says he's ordering a t-shirt that says "Meet the New Boss, Same as the Old Boss." Whis resigned from the position of Executive Director on August 6, 2010. His successor, Matt Sweet served in the position of Executive Director until mid-April, 2011 when he resigned from the position. Rock the World's Board asked Whis to serve as Interim Executive Director until a new search can be completed and a permanent Executive Director appointed. Whis says "I admire Matt Sweet's faithfulness in taking on the Executive Director's job last August; I also admire his integrity in acknowledging that it wasn't working out. As for me, my 'Director Emeritus' position with Rock the World may be permanent, but my stepping back into the role of Executive Director is distinctly Interim." The search process may last well into 2012.
IS ROCK THE WORLD PART OF TRINITY SCHOOL FOR MINISTRY?
No, and it never was. This fact has been sometimes misunderstood or miscommunicated, especially from 1989-2006 when the two ministries had a partnership to train youth ministers. Each ministry has always been its own independent 501C(3) nonprofit organization, with separate boards, separate finances, etc.