Vision Forum is an evangelical Christian organization based in San Antonio, Texas. Vision Forum Ministries was a 501(c) non-profit organization which closed in November 2013 due to founder Doug Phillips' marital infidelity. The associated commercial operation is called Vision Forum, Inc. and continues to operate. Vision Forum advocates Biblical patriarchy, creationism, homeschooling, Family Integrated Churches and Quiverfull beliefs. The president of Vision Forum is Doug Phillips, son of U.S. Constitution Party leader Howard Phillips. Vision Forum was founded in 1998.
1 Distinctive beliefs,
4 Jonathan Park
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Main article: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Biblical_patriarchy
Vision Forum is an advocate of "biblical patriarchy". The "Tenets of Biblical Patriarchy" article on its website advocates such beliefs as:
God reveals Himself as masculine, not feminine.,
God ordained distinct gender roles for man and woman as part of the created order.,
A husband and father is the head of his household, a family leader, provider, and protector.,
Male leadership in the home carries over into the church: only men are permitted to hold the ruling office in the church. A God-honoring society will likewise prefer male leadership in civil and other spheres.,
Since the woman was created as a helper to her husband, as the bearer of children, and as a "keeper at home," the God-ordained and proper sphere of dominion for a wife is the household and that which is connected with the home.,
God's command to "be fruitful and multiply" still applies to married couples.,
Christian parents must provide their children with a thoroughly Christian education, one that teaches the Bible and a biblical view of God and the world.,
Both sons and daughters are under the command of their fathers as long as they are under his roof or otherwise the recipients of his provision and protection.,
The age-integrated communities of family and church are the God-ordained institutions for training and socialization and as such provide the preferred pattern for social life and educational endeavors.,
Vision Forum has been criticized for allegedly holding views that demean women and view them as property. Don and Joy Veinot of Midwest Christian Outreach interpret the Vision Forum statement to imply that "women really cannot be trusted as decision makers" and "unless a daughter marries, she functionally remains pretty much the property of the father until he dies." They also argue that Vision Forum promotes a "pagan top-down view of authority".
The organization sponsors the Christian Filmmakers Academy and the San Antonio Independent Christian Film Festival.
In 2007, the group organized an alternative celebration of the 400th anniversary of the Jamestown Settlement, saying that the official celebration did not give enough emphasis to the Christian perspective of the settlers.
Jonathan Park is a radio drama series created by the Institute for Creation Research in the late 1990s that is now being produced by Vision Forum Ministries. The storyline revolves around the lives and families of fictional characters Dr. Kendall Park and Jim Brenan as they build a creation museum.