What might not be so obvious is that a pastor needs to teach the church about more than just church discipline before they’re ready for discipline.
Christians have been adopted into the body of Christ. Non-attenders act as if they are orphans.
To help our readers catch a vision for what that might look like, we asked several organizations closely tied to one or several local churches how they fulfill this mission.
Ending one’s membership in a church requires the consent of both parties. We join a church by the consent of the church, and we leave a church by the consent of the church.
I want to argue that there are distinct advantages to doing specialized counseling in the context of one’s local church, and I would even propose that it should be the norm.
So who are these one or two witnesses? And why are they so important to the church?
Every Christian should either be discipling someone else, be discipled by someone else, or be doing both.
Here are Entrust’s answers to how they train up leaders. Entrust is based outside of Durban, South Africa.
I have learned that nothing brings greater joy to a pastor’s heart than a sinner who truly repents.
Here are the Cornhill Training Course’s answers submitted by Christopher Ash. The Cornhill Training Course is based out of London, England.
In my counseling training, I began to see that the Scriptures provide this overarching view to any problem of life.
People are willing to pay money to others who will never lead them to the Savior of the World. But that must change.
A pastor should know his congregation, and a Christian should know his non-Christian friend, so they both can exercise wisdom and sensitivity in communicating the gospel.
Here are the Charles Simeon Trust’s answers (submitted by David Helm and Robert Kinney). The Simeon Trust is based out of Chicago, Illinois.
By equipping your members to counsel one another, you enable them to do the front-line work of ministry. Here are twenty ways to cultivate a culture of counseling and discipleship in your church.