As immigrant churches pursue greater independence among their various language congregations, the goal is not simply to have separate churches so that we can cross our t’s and dot our ecclesiological i’s. That’s only half the picture.
Brothers, preach 1 Timothy. And don’t wait too long. You and your congregation need its Christ-centered focus for the church.
Jonathan Leeman considers the challenges the coronavirus poses to church polity and how pastors can maintain biblical fidelity in the midst of the pandemic.
The Lord had been preparing us for this global pandemic through the ordinary means of pastoral ministry.
I’ve been in churches whose authority structures are like an Apple Store’s, and I’ve been in churches whose authority structures are like the DMV’s. In both cases—but in different ways—chaos bubbles up to the surface.
Mailbag #86: Considering the Danger, Should Muslim-Background Believers Be Baptized . . . My Friends Who Want to Be Pastors Think Polity Is Boring. How Can I Help Them?By A. Menikoff, A. Duty | 07.12.2019
— Should we encourage Muslim-background believers to be baptized, even when it endangers their lives? — My friends want to be pastors. But they have no interest in polity. How can I help them see its importance?
I’ve pastored my church for over twelve years. We’ve always had two morning services, and I never gave them much thought. Until . . .
A man who was baptized as a believer wants to join our credobaptist church, though he is paedobaptistic and cannot affirm the church’s statement of faith on believer’s baptism. Should the elders of the church recommend this man to the church for membership?
We’ll consider how our theology shapes our polity, how polity shapes ministry, and how ministry is fueled by our conception of God.
We should value trust more highly than agreement.
Book Review: James Robinson Graves—Staking the Boundaries of Baptist Identity, by James A. PattersonReview by Caleb Greggsen | 09.21.2018
This book provides a cautionary tale for everyone committed to teaching and promoting sound Baptist polity as the polity most faithful to Scripture.
This book sets forth a broad view of ministry to the poor, not only for deacons but for the church at large.
Christian, you have an assigned task from Jesus and it involves at least two things: helping fellow church members make it to heaven and getting the gospel into the next generation.
Mark Dever and Jonathan Leeman interview Matt to talk about the reasons behind this transition.