If you want the church to feel like a family, commit to formal church membership.
“I’m looking for a church that’s just like me.” Few people would say it quite so crassly, but the sentiment is common.
How would you, according to Scripture, define the church? Does this definition free you up or weigh you down?
As a pastor, how many times have you heard a member tell you, “I’m so sorry we missed last Sunday—we just couldn’t make it with everything we have going on!”?
We must guard the sheep against wolves. For this reason, we must know how to build fences; that is, we must lead our church in practicing meaningful membership and discipline.
How should we confront the problem of wolves in the church? At times, we must protect the sheep by whacking the wolves with the shepherd’s rod.
We asked pastors how they’d been serving their people since the pandemic disrupted regular ministry.
This article is written to pastors who serve in an international setting. If that’s you, I have but one piece of counsel: you must make sure your church members are Christians, not simply immigrants or expats.
The claim that Acts demonstrates a uniform pattern of spontaneous baptisms is overstated.
Conservative views on marriage and family are not sufficient in and of themselves to create healthy families and marriages. Church participation and membership make a huge difference.
Recovery for genuine believers who have been damaged by failed churches is a grueling process.
All these members have a common thread: self-centeredness. They’ve missed the very essence of salvation; they’ve failed to love God and love people with every ounce of their being.
Dear church member, pursue these qualities in your own life and encourage them in others.
Do member’s meetings always have to end in bitterness and bickering? I don’t think so. Here are nine suggestions to help set members’ meetings on the right track.