Church polity

The move towards Plurality of Elders - history, pitfalls

Many Conservative Evangelical churches are now seeing a Biblical call for Plurality of Elders in church leadership. 

We are at the end of our constitution Re-Write and anticipate a vote to recommend the new constitution by the Deacon Board in Nov or Dec. Then a 2-4 month education and discussion period, followed by a congregational vote this spring. 

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Dealing with Sexual abuse in the church

http://www.worldmag.com/2013/10/the_high_cost_of_negligence/page1

 

After years of being a member of SI, I am finally starting a thread.  The above article is important for all of us, but especially those of us who are pastors.  I have met and several conversations with the lady in the article.  Her story is very tragic, and yet, she has still kept her faith.  I know we have discussed this issue at length, but this article sheds light and I believe is an important one for us to discuss.

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Is the Bible the only rule for faith and practice?

It used to be considered a Baptist Distinctive: The Bible is the only rule for faith and practice.

It seems from some recent discussions that this foundational principle has been thrown under the bus of Culture.

Is the Bible sufficient to guide Believers today?

Are there sufficient Scriptural statements, principles and precepts to judge culture, movements within Christianity, music, Christian Character, doctrine as well as doctrinal deviation?

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