Category Archives: Church discipline

When Change Seems Unlikely in Church Conflicts

Tara has suggested to me that we present a short series of stories of hope—positive experiences we have had when working with churches in conflict. The aim of such a series, of course, would be to reveal God’s faithfulness to … Continue reading

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Fencing Over Fights

Q. This past Sunday our pastor “fenced the table” (i.e., brought the warning regarding coming to the Lord’s Table in an unworthy manner; 1 Corinthians 11:27-29) by using the Lord’s words found at Matthew 5:23-24 concerning unreconciled relationships and how … Continue reading

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One of the biggest mistakes churches make in conflict is failing to trust Scripture …

One of the biggest mistakes churches make in conflict is failing to trust Scripture. In the confusion, hurt, and fear associated with church conflict, even mature Christians sometimes doubt that God’s revealed range of solutions will be adequate to their … Continue reading

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Trust is shattered when a pastor is caught in deception and overt sin.

All pastors are sinners, just like the rest of us. But some pastors sin in particularly brazen ways. These sins sometimes stay hidden for a certain period of time, but sooner or later, the truth will come to light. And … Continue reading

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How to Preserve Your Pastor (Part 2)—Pastoral Over-Concern about Critics: The Relationship Between “Fear of Man” and the Failure of Accountability

This is part 2 of a seven part series on How to Preserve Your Pastor. I have organized this series around Dr. Tom Ranier’s excellent article: The Top Seven Regrets of Pastors. The top regret of pastors has to do … Continue reading

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What difference does church membership make? I do everything in my church except vote …

“I am a regular attender, not a member.” Those were the sad words I heard; another person explaining to me the nature of their relationship with the church that they had been attending for eight years. I asked her: “I … Continue reading

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Church Discipline: Also Pursuing the Sinned-Against

In Chapter 12 of Redeeming Church Conflicts (“Accountability We Should Cherish”), Dave and I  recommend a wonderful book on church discipline by Jonathan Leeman entitled The Church and the Surprising Offense of God’s Love: Reintroducing the Doctrines of Church Membership and Discipline. As I … Continue reading

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RedeemingLinks: What Spiritual Abuse IS and Is NOT

Tim Challies and Bob Kellemen do an excellent job discussing what spiritual abuse IS and is NOT in this two-part series: Spiritual Abuse More on Spiritual Abuse

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What Effect Does Church Discipline Have on Evangelism?

I was teaching from Matthew 16:15-20 when a man in the audience asked: “What effect does such a plan of accountability and church discipline have on evangelism?”  I was a bit stunned for a moment, especially as he continued to … Continue reading

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Must a Church Also Be a Court?

As Christian conciliators, Dave and I agree with all four of the Peacemaker Ministries distinctives. Today, I would like to draw your attention to the second distinctive: The Responsibility of the Church: We believe that peacemaking is an essential ministry of … Continue reading

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