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Putting the “Service” Back in Worship Service

By Chad Ashby | 04.01.2019

Week after week, many of us attend a worship served not a worship service.

Pastors, Homosexuality, and Same-Sex Marriage

By Jonathan Leeman | 08.22.2014

Here are several reasons why I would challenge you, not to make homosexuality a major topic of your ministry, but to teach on it nonetheless.

All Together Now: From Multiple Services Toward a Single Assembly

By Kyle Cheatham | 08.22.2014

“But what if the building is getting full and you still want to reach more people?” Certainly, we should not pursue one priority (community) at the expense of another (evangelism).

Your Church and Your Life Planning

By Jonathan Leeman | 08.22.2014

If you are a Christian, it’s worth asking whether you include your church in your life planning.

Strategies for Becoming a Post-Program Church

By Bobby Jamieson | 08.22.2014

In short, reprogram new people to think in terms of the ministry of the pew, not merely participation in programs.

Seven Ways to Build a Culture of Spiritual Conversation

By Bobby Jamieson | 08.21.2014

A culture of spiritual conversation in a local church is a powerful force for sanctification.

What is Corporate Worship For?

By Bobby Jamieson | 08.21.2014

What do you think corporate worship is for? What’s the goal of local churches’ weekly assemblies? “Um, worship?” That seems like an obvious answer. And it’s more than a little right. When we come together as a church we sing songs, hymns, and spiritual songs with thankfulness to God in our hearts (Col. 3:16). We […]

Don’t Be Like Candace with Your Spiritual Gifts

By Jonathan Leeman | 08.21.2014

 Hopefully you have not had to deal with a Candace Whitcomb in your church, but my guess is that you’ve known one or two. Her story is funny and pathetic and all too familiar. Candace Whitcomb is a character in Mary Wilkins Freeman’s 1889 short story “The Village Singer.” It begins with Miss Whitcomb’s dismissal […]

Don’t Assume the Bible Is Silent about the Church

By Bobby Jamieson | 08.21.2014

Have you ever assumed something that turned out to be wrong? I sure have. For two years I called a good friend “Steve” only to discover that this gracious and longsuffering man preferred to be called “Stephen.” Evangelicals tend to make a similarly unfounded assumption about how to do church, namely, that the Bible has […]

How Congregations with Authority Submit to Elders

By Bobby Jamieson | 08.21.2014

If the congregation as a whole is the final court of appeal, what does it mean for a church to submit to its leaders? The Bible teaches that elders are to teach the Word, set a godly example for the flock, and oversee the affairs of the church (1 Tim. 3:2; 1 Pet. 5:3; 1 […]

Is it appropriate to conduct member meeting activities inside the worship service?


The New Testament gives the local congregation final authority in matters of discipline (Matt. 18:17; 2 Cor. 2:6) and doctrine (Gal. 1). This means that there are times when the church as a whole should welcome in new members, remove members who move away, carry out church discipline, elect elders and deacons, and decide on other serious matters.

There are a couple reasons why this business should not be done in the context of a regular worship service.