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?
In this episode of Pastors’ Talk, Jonathan chats with Mark about our new Journal—Church Membership: Following the Lord Together.
If you’re looking for the words “thou shalt be a church member” in Scripture, you won’t find them. But if that troubles you, let me encourage you to think a little differently about how to arrive at biblical conclusions.
Church membership is an office, too. It’s a job that comes with authority and responsibility.
A church should not baptize young people apart from church membership. To do so is unbiblical, unhelpful, and unloving.
If we want to see the gospel advance in Russia, then our churches must return to meaningful and biblical church membership—embracing the heritage left to us by Scripture and faithful Russian churches in previous generations.
Churches in Africa needs to teach and practice biblical church membership because it helps address the false sense of community, nominal Christianity, and the subtle relativism.
How should we talk about membership on the West Coast? Let me offer three ways that have proven helpful within our body over the past few years.
Pastors in rural areas must take into account certain challenges while leading Christ’s bride to experience the joy of meaningful membership.
I’ve often been asked, in a setting like Sweden, whether church membership is even wise. Won’t it simply turn people away?
Size shouldn’t be an excuse for neglecting membership.
Church membership isn’t just a useful tool in the pastoral tool belt; it’s the tool belt itself.
But Christ intends the local church to be a comfort and grace to all believers— even those who, like me, have been victims of church abuse.
As a professor of mine used to say, “there’s nothing wrong with a prooftext… as long as the text proves what you say it does.”
What do we do when someone takes exception to our church’s statement of faith?