Facing Up to Church Discipline
A reluctance to practice church discipline may suggest that we believe ourselves to be wiser and more loving than God.
It's worth reminding ourselves as pastors what we stand to lose if we neglect biblical church discipline.
Church Discipline in Historical and Cultural Perspective
There is no simple correlation between a church's disobedience on the one hand and spiritual blight and abandonment by Christ on the other.
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.
Church Discipline Resources
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.
If you're not careful, Lauterbach's book just might cause a paradigm shift in how you think about grace and the gospel, as well as how you think about the church.
Discipline with Care is a good book on church discipline that will strengthen churches by promoting their holy witness.
Miscellaneous Book Reviews
Multiple-views books like this provide a perfect opportunity—an opportunity neither book fully makes good on—to set the record straight about positions that are not mutually exclusive.
Book Review: Restoring Integrity in Baptist Churches, ed. by Thomas White, Jason G. Deusing, and Malcomb B. Yarnell, IIIReview by Greg Gilbert | 9Marks Journal: Church Discipline (Part 1) | 09.02.2002
Allen's chapter aside, this book is a generally well-articulated statement of some important Baptist distinctives.
You may find this book helpful if you are a church planter, particularly in urban environment, but you'll need to buttress it with books that have a more solid biblical ecclesiology.