Ecclesiology can’t be assumed nor should it be considered a distraction to the church planter’s “mission.”
Only a church in relative safety and comfort has the time to talk about polity. Right?
— How does nominating new elders work when I’m the only elder? — Does having an American flag on stage obscure the message of the gospel?
Would you believe it if someone told you church structure actually plays a crucial role in your individual discipleship?
Let’s ensure that missionaries who leave quickly fall under the authority of a Christ-governed healthy church wherever they are.
Church authority is how a group of individual Christians speaks in unison to the nations, “Here we are, a new nation and race. We represent Jesus and we have good news for you!”
Mailbag #37: Congregationalism in China; A Defense of Building Bigger Buildings; Notifying the Recently Disciplined; Supporting a Widow Who Has Left the ChurchBy Jonathan Leeman | 05.10.2016
— How can something like congregationalism work in China, with its networks of related house churches? — The leaders at my church want to build a bigger building, yet it seems to me a waste of money. What should I do? — After someone has been disciplined for non-attendance, should the church notify the person as a final act of congregational care? — Twenty years ago, our church made a commitment to financially support our former pastor’s widow. She has since refused to attend our church. What should I do?
A constitution is not just a technocratic document demanded by your state’s tax office, nor a necessary evil for avoiding conflict in a church. It’s a deeply theological and even spiritual document.
Writing (or revising) your constitution is not really lawyer’s work, and it need not be drudgery. In fact, it can and should be invigorating.
Here are the five kinds of people that you might be tempted to put on your document revision committee, but should avoid if at all possible.
Rules of order help to ensure that members’ meetings flow smoothly. As formal as they might feel, in a church of any size, they help to prevent fights, and facilitate unity.
Here are 20 quotes from Jonathan Leeman’s new book, Understanding the Congregation’s Authority.
Saying that you love a polity manual like the Book of Church Order is like saying you love your slide rule or your calculator. But in this case, it’s true.
A good confession of faith builds a protective doctrinal house around a precious center: the gospel.
As unglamorous as church documents may be, they are a crucial component of a pastor’s toolbox.