Category Archives: Organizing Your Church

Organizing Your Church: What the Bible Really Says About Deacons

So what’s right? There are two things we need to answer. First, what is the true Biblical plan for deacons, if we can even retrieve one. Second, what’s the best way to organize the ministries of the church, consistent with … Continue reading

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Organizing Your Church: The Deacon Problem

This will be a short series of posts on deacons. Most Churches of Christ appoint men to two offices: elders and deacons. In fact, it’s often been stated that a church is not “scripturally organized” if it doesn’t have both … Continue reading

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What Wrong With How We Do Church?: Problems with Authority

I found this on-line book by Andrew Strom helpful. Strom has spoken with many who’ve left the institutional church and quotes countless emails giving a sense of their discontent. Ultimately, however, Strom finds many who’ve left are so anti-authoritarian that … Continue reading

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Organizing Your Church for Ministry, part 4: the ministries team concept

Our church’s ministries were overseen by “ministries team” for over a decade, and the team’s list of accomplishments is quite long. The concept doesn’t work in a very large church, for reasons to be discussed. And the concept won’t work … Continue reading

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Organizing Your Church for Ministry, part 3: one model for deacons in a large church

As you may have surmised, my own church, with attendance of around 700, has struggled with how to fit our traditional teachings on deacons into our ministry structure. We went through a period where the church was run through monthly … Continue reading

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Organizing Your Church for Ministry, part 2: what do deacons do?

We have taught for a century that a scripturally organized church has a plurality of both elders and deacons. However, we seem not to have noticed that the Bible nowhere says what it is that deacons are to do. As … Continue reading

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Organizing Your Church for Ministry, part 1: how growth changes how churches are organized

This series of posts is to suggest some ideas for how a church might be organized to do ministry. The fact is that as churches grow, they have to reorganize. Structures that work in a church of 200 likely won’t … Continue reading

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