● Denominational Perspective
● Rev. Dr. McCray espouses a trans-denominational perspective. He proclaims the kingdom of God, beyond uplifting the distinctions of our various church groups. Alongside many likeminded adherents to Christ in our present Christian age, he increasingly embraces the unitive spirit of Christ for His entire Body.
● Rev. Dr. McCray has diverse ecclesiastical and cross-denominational experience. His earliest roots and basic orientation is Baptist, by whom he was first licensed and ordained (1969,Missionary Baptist Church; 1973,Baptist Congregational Church [in fellowship with both the National Missionary Baptist Convention of America, and the United Church of Christ]. He also holds an ordination with the Reformed Church of America (2007, Illiana Classis). Through the churches he has served over the years, Rev. McCray has shared fellowship with Pentecostals, and both white and black Baptist groups [United Pentecostal Council of the Assemblies of God, Incorporated (1979, 2008-2012); National Baptist Convention, USA, Inc (1977), American Baptist Churches USA (1996), National Baptist Convention of America, Inc (1996)].
● In Search of Church
● Since 2002, the Lord has captivated the thinking of Rev. Dr. McCray to consider anew the nature and work of the Church in the local setting. He has embarked upon a search for essential church in the African American experience. Through New Testament Biblical research, he has identified twelve regular practices of Christ’s Church. They are: proclaiming, baptizing, worshiping, discipling, devoting, Scripture-living, koinonia-izing, bread-breaking (Lord’s Supper), praying, gospelizing, church-multiplying, and church-strengthening. In the first-century of the Church’s beginning, the people of God gave order to their life and witness through these spiritual disciplines.
● In this vein, Rev. Dr. McCray envisions a congregation where the backbone of the ministry becomes holistic gospelizing, koinonia-fellowship, warfare-discipleship, and church growth-planting. He sees a ministry that is co-led by several gifted leaders who operate by mutual submission. They reverence Christ as Head and Lord of the Church—His divine Community. Rev. Dr. McCray advocates these truths, and believes they can assist the transformation and reformation of our churches. The teaching can enable the Lord’s people to better represent Christ and serve our generation.
● Rev. Dr. McCray prefers to work in a local church setting alongside other servant-leaders who share this vision. He desires to do all to the worship and glory of God our Savior—the Great Head of the Church. Ultimately, he resolves to faithfully follow the Lord Jesus Christ, wherever the Spirit of God may lead him—despite his preferences.