Our church was getting full, and we knew we needed to do something. So, we planted a church . . . in the same building.
Our three-year old church had 84 members. In order to plant a church, we split in half.
When should two churches merge despite the differences—and when should they stay separate precisely because of their differences?
I’ve attempted to lead our church toward two church mergers, but neither have worked out. Here’s what I’ve learned.
Ecclesiology can’t be assumed nor should it be considered a distraction to the church planter’s “mission.”
When a church becomes less about the demands of Scripture on our lives and more about our demands on the church to fit our preferences, it loses its power to transform us and subvert our idols.
One of the most important and time-consuming tasks for a church and its pastors involves receiving and releasing members. And yet, it’s almost never talked about in books on the church or in seminary.
Mailbag #62: How to Encourage Attendance at Members’ Meetings; The Relationship between Baptism & Church MembershipBy Jonathan Leeman | 05.19.2017
— Could you provide some wisdom for how to handle situations where members are consistently neglectful of attending members’ meetings? — I understand that baptism should precede church membership. But must membership always follow baptism?
Personal relationships were never meant to serve as the foundation for our sense of church commitment.
— What are some of the pastoral principles, pitfalls, and guidelines when dealing with church members who doubt their baptism took place after their conversion? — A church member wants his daughter to be baptized twice, in two different churches. How should I respond? — As a church considers planting or revitalizing, how much should they take into account a building’s architecture?
Jonathan chats with Mark about good and bad reasons to leave a church, and offers principles for leaving well once the decision has been made.
— Is it okay to tell my church members, “You should never vote for a pro-abortion candidate”? — Would you say churches that don’t practice membership or discipline are not true churches?
How can I say Christians ought to do something if the Bible doesn’t explicitly say that they should?
— Can you explain your church’s “care list”? — Does marrying an unbeliever warrant church discipline?
— Does women voting in congregational gatherings violate 1 Timothy 2 and 1 Corinthians 14? — How should children’s ministry relate to pastoral oversight?