If you neglect to teach your people biblical application you have failed to shepherd the flock adequately.
“What will your wife do if you become our pastor?”
By updating your governing documents with these kinds of provisions, you can strengthen your ability to obey God’s command to restore straying sheep.
Discipline is possible, on a congregational and on a denomination-wide level. I’ve witnessed it with my own eyes. But it is rare and difficult.
Not a single industrialized nation today has a high enough fertility rate to replace itself.
Does the fact that we’re having a boy or a girl make any difference in parenting beyond the color of their balloons?
There’s more to say about children and families than to simply affirm or deny the continuity of the covenants!
For that reason, even before asking whether your family should stay or go, it may be worth asking whether or not you have a Kingdom perspective at all.
When we researched multi-site churches we had a hard time pinpointing concerns with it because in all the reading we did we rarely came across two churches that do it the same way.
Is Satan more concerned about the families in your church than you are?
9Marks wants to see more churches and pastors taking responsibility for raising up the next generation of pastors. 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. With one exception, each of the following organization answers the same 18 questions.
If you’re a pastor trying to obey Jesus by implementing church discipline, there are few books that will aid you the way Polity will.
Preach the gospel of grace, not self-discipline.
When pastors first discover church discipline in the Bible, I often tell them: “Don’t do it . . . at least not yet.”
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.