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concerns and needs that will make the CFH relevant in the 21st century.

There are some who feel the organization is nolonger needed since

historians with evangelicalcommitments seemed to have arrived

professionally. In other words, we have beenso successful in meeting the

goals that the founders set that we have worked ourselves out of a job. On

the contrary, many others insist that the fellowshipand networking

aspects of the organization meetongoing vital needs. Also we must keep

talking about foundational and philosophical questions, as these perennial

matters are never resolved to anyone's full satisfaction.

Some would like the CFH to be more directly involved inhelping

people to find jobs while others argue this would take us down an

uncertain path.The strength of the organization has been its low dues

and the heavy amount of volunteerlabor put into it by the officers and

members alike.Would a bureaucratized CFH with a professional

executive director makeit a more effective body, or would the expense of

such amove cost it too much support, especially from students and non-

professional historians?

Another question is that of how wecan reach out to groups

inadequately represented in our ranks. These includewomen, ethnic

minorities, and historians in colleges in the South. The CFHhas always

tried to be an open organization, but we never have had the resources to

do recruiting among people who do not know about us. At the same time,

however, we have encouraged a diversity of viewpointsamong our

members, which is a strength ofthe group. Because we focus on bringing

our faith concerns and historical studies together,we have assembled

under a "big tent" people who holdto a wide variety of theological,

philosophical, and political perspectives. Balancing the tensions that these

produce is a continuing problem for a group like ours but wehave done

remarkably well in maintaining this sort of diversity.

On a more somber note, three of our long-time membershave

recently goneto their eternal rewards. Dr. Harold Lindsell, a specialist in

the history of Christian missions and for manyyears editor of

CHRISTIANITY TODAY, was a charter member of the CFH.He had

retired to California after the magazine moved from Washington, DC,to

suburban Chicago. Dr.Henry O. Thompson, also a charter member and a