These 6 Lessons Will Help You be a Better Pastor

These 6 Lessons Will Help You be a Better Pastor

To be known is to be loved. All people have a deep need to belong; when we do not have a sense of belonging, we will look for it relentlessly. We long for this in our families and with our friends. In the relationships where we are known intimately yet still accepted,...
Who Has What Authority in the Church?

Who Has What Authority in the Church?

What is the relationship between congregational authority and the elders’ authority?   When it comes to authority in the church, we must remember that the ultimate goal is to provide discipleship that leads people to greater maturity in Christ. Ephesians 4:11–13...
When Is An Elder Disqualified From Ministry?

When Is An Elder Disqualified From Ministry?

We all have treasured items we keep for special events. It may be a shirt, a dress, a pen, dishes, or a piece of jewelry. We pull them out to be used for something unique, but otherwise, we leave them tucked away and protected from daily use. These items are set...
How to know you are experiencing spiritual abuse

How to know you are experiencing spiritual abuse

With the news of James MacDonald being fired and countless cases of sexual abuse reported in the Southern Baptist Convention last week, we are left to wonder — how does this kind of thing happen in Christ’s church? Why can a place that is meant to build trust...
Why is Church Membership Important?

Why is Church Membership Important?

Why is carefully practicing church membership and discipline critical to the growth of the saints and the evangelism of the church? The aim of the Church is to advance the Gospel of Jesus Christ by pursuing people to believe in Jesus and turn to Him for salvation....
What is the Local Church?

What is the Local Church?

And why are the reforming markers of the church (preaching and ordinances) so crucial for understanding what the church is? The church is a group of Christians (those partaking in the New Covenant with God by believing in Jesus Christ) who, together, identify...