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Don't fire your church members : the case for congregationalism

Author: Jonathan Leeman
Publisher: Nashville : Broadman & Holman Academic, [2016] ©2016
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Church membership is not just a status, it’s an office. Leaders shouldn’t fire members from the responsibilities given to them by Jesus—they should train them! When members are trained, the church grows in holiness and love, discipleship and mission. Complacency and nominalism are diminished. Jesus gives every church member an office in the church’s government: to assume final responsibility for guarding the what  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Jonathan Leeman
ISBN: 1433686236 9781433686238
OCLC Number: 905381116
Description: viii, 200 pages ; 23 cm
Contents: Who's in charge of what around here? --
A covenantal job assigment --
The keys to office --
How Jesus gives a job to the whole church --
How the Holy Spirit establishes overseers --
Working with other congregations --
Getting to work --
Quick answers to critiques of elder-led congregationalism --
Sample members' meeting agenda.
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Church membership is not just a status, it’s an office. Leaders shouldn’t fire members from the responsibilities given to them by Jesus—they should train them! When members are trained, the church grows in holiness and love, discipleship and mission. Complacency and nominalism are diminished. Jesus gives every church member an office in the church’s government: to assume final responsibility for guarding the what and the who of the gospel in the church and its ministry. Similarly, Jesus gives leaders to the church for equipping the members to do this church-building and mission-accomplishing work. In our day, the tasks of reinvigorating congregational authority and elder authority must work together. The vision of congregationalism pictured in this book offers an integrated view of the Christian life. Congregationalism is biblical, but biblical congregationalism just might look a little different than you expect. It is nothing less than Jesus’ authorization for living out his kingdom rule among a people on mission.

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