Don't Fire Your Church Members: The Case for Congregationalism

Don't Fire Your Church Members: The Case for Congregationalism

by Jonathan Leeman

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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.  

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781433686221
Publisher: B&H Publishing Group
Publication date: 01/15/2016
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 160
Sales rank: 984,377
File size: 6 MB
Age Range: 3 Months to 18 Years

About the Author

Jonathan Leeman an elder at Capitol Hill Baptist Church in Washington, DC, is editorial director at 9Marks, occasional lecturer at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary and The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.
Jonathan Leeman (Ph.D., Wales) is an elder at Capitol Hill Baptist Church in Washington, DC and the editorial director for 9Marks. He edits the 9Marks series of books as well as the 9Marks Journal. He is also the author of several books on the church, including The Church and the Surprising Offense of God's Love. Jonathan lives with his wife and four daughters in suburban Washington.

Table of Contents

Preface: The Importance of Polity
1)      Who’s in Charge of What Around Here?
2)      A Covenantal Job Assignment
3)      The Keys to Office
4)      How Jesus Gives a Job to the Whole Church
5)      How the Holy Spirit Establishes Elders to Lead in the Work
6)      Working with Other Congregations
7)      Getting to Work
Appendix 1: Quick Answer to Criticisms of Congregationalism
Appendix 2: Standard Members’ Meeting Agenda


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