If you are in an elder-led, congregationally-governed church, then the question posed by the title really matters.
One’s sexual impurity implicates the entire body of Christ in idolatry, for that one person is a member of the larger temple of God.
Meaningful membership upholds glad-hearted catholicity.
Local church membership is too important to be mediated by a screen.
Scripture is clear: corporate worship encompasses much more than music.
Christ is the head of the church, and the church is the body of Christ. You cannot have a high view of Christ and a low view of the church.
Music-specific services actively promote division in the body of Christ.
Our church recently transitioned from an “elder-rule” model of church government to “elder-led congregationalism.” As I have talked with pastor friends from various streams, many are stumped as to why we would do that.
Here are four ways to care for lay pastors who go the extra mile for their flocks.
Church membership is not only good for missionaries, it’s also good for mission. Missionaries are often portrayed as spiritual giants, but they need church care at least as much as any Christian.
Low ecclesiology can cause confusion about missionaries’ involvement in local churches where they serve. Should we attend? Should we be members? For many missionaries, the practical answers are “no” and “no.”
Your local church’s history is integral to your members caring for one another, for at least three reasons.
What ingredients are necessary to plant healthy, strong, biblical churches—and sustain them?
The liturgies of assembled, embodied, gospel worship point us toward one set of beliefs and values, while the liturgies of Internet membership point us toward a different set.
What should a pastor do when faced with wandering sheep, those who have left the safe pastures of the local church and found themselves in dangerous territory away from the herd?