For too many Christians, baptism and the Supper are exclusively about personal professions of faith, and personal expression of one’s obedience to Jesus.
Mailbag #87: Are there Qualifications for Serving in the Church? . . . What Should a Congregation Vote On?By J. Kurz, R. Johnson | 07.26.2019
— Does the Bible specify qualifications for serving in the church? — What matters should a congregation vote on?
What does 1 Timothy 2:12 specifically forbid? How can we have charitable conversations about our differences?
Our world is full of problems. But what can healthy churches do about it?
Jonathan chats with Mark from the floor of the Southern Baptist Convention about the highs and lows of denominational life.
Like the book of Lamentations, Dark Clouds, Deep Mercy was also born out of tragedy.
Prayers of adoration, confession, thanksgiving, and supplication aren’t just for individual Christians. They’re for the church, too. John Onwuchekwa explains.
Mailbag #84: I Live too Far from A Healthy Church. What Should I Do? . . . Among Baptists, What’s the History of a Plurality of Elders?By S. Emadi, S. DeMars | 05.31.2019
— I live in an extremely rural area where we have many churches but none that are healthy. What should I do? — Many Baptist churches now have multiple elders. I understand the biblical case for this, but what’s the history of a plurality of elders among Baptists?
Mailbag #83: Protecting the Sunday Gathering by Limiting Reasons to Be Out of Room . . . Caring for Over-Worked Children’s Ministry WorkersBy D. Russell, J. Leeman | 05.13.2019
— To what extent should the church protect the Sunday morning gathering by limiting reasons for members to be “at church” but out of the room? — What do you do to care for the spiritual health of your children’s ministry leaders?
Keeping small groups from becoming mini-churches often takes intentionality and pastoral effort.
If someone walks into your church next Sunday, and they’re miserable from life’s trials and tribulations, what songs will you ask them to sing?
We know the church is comprised of the people, not the building. And yet, church buildings can be extremely valuable, useful, and vital for the health of long-term Christianity.
Mailbag #81: Helping a Church Grow in Discipling . . . How to Receive Members Who Left a Former Church Poorly.By B. Johnson, J. de Koning | 04.19.2019
— How can I help my church grow in discipling? — Receiving members who left their former church on bad terms.
Because words are a window into the heart, pastors must learn to cultivate the discipline of listening well.
Mailbag #80: Should Pastors Discuss Past Sins? . . . Should Believers Ever Abstain from Communion? . . . Conducting Membership Interviews for Single WomenBy D. King, J. Joseph, M. McKinley | 04.12.2019
— How much should a pastor share about past sins? — When should believer’s abstain from the Lord’s Supper? — Should women do membership interviews for single women?