This blog is the combined effort of four senior pastors of different churches. Their desire is to point you toward living a God-centered, gospel-focused, Christian life.

Monday, January 28, 2013

Church Government

This morning I watched a great video conversation between Thabiti Anyabwile and Ligon Duncan. The conversation was on The Gospel Coalition's blog and billed as a conversation between a Baptist and a Presbyterian about "who governs the church.".

Watch the video here:

Far more striking than their differences are their similarities. Both agreed that it is scripture that governs our understanding of how decisions in a church should be made. With that as their starting premise, even though their church constitutions and bylaws look different, it seems that their churches function similarly.

This goes to one of the beliefs I've had about church government. Healthy churches are going to end up looking pretty similarly. They are going to have leaders who are shepherding the church sacrificially. They are going to have a congregation that is supportive of the leadership and participating in making decisions.


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