7 Debilitating Lies Of The ‘Covering Doctrine.’

What is the “Covering Doctrine?”  To put it simply, it’s the doctrine that claims all Christians must be under the authority (covering) of a church leader or mother organization to act with ‘authority,’ be protected from the attacks of the devil, or receive God’s blessings. It came from the shepherding movment of the 70’s which was […]

Elders, Pastors, and Deacons are Not ‘Officers,’ Nor Do They to Hold an ‘Office.’

I think the word “office,” when used to describe the function of Elders, Pastors, and Deacons is unfortunate. I believe it’s an institutional imposition on scripture, and a word that has been chosen with ulterior motives. Let’s get to it then.  The Culprit, not Paul, but the translators of the King James Bible in 1 […]

And What is Everyone Else’s Mission?

In the early days of the church, at least as told by Luke in the book of Acts, there was exponential growth followed by a few hiccups and then more exponential growth. Acts 6 describes one of those situations where an error, lack of  judgement, or a simple oversight  lead to the neglect of a […]

I might be willing to reconsider church hierarchies, if…

This post is a contribution to the April Synchroblog “Bridging The Divide”.  This month’s bloggers were encouraged to offer ideas on ways to heal divisions in the church.   If you’ve read any of my articles before, you know I’m sort of critical on hierarchical systems within the Church. There are many reasons for this, […]

Missional Leadership Does Not Isolate or Separate

We’re getting ready to kick of another major push outward to bring the gospel and make disciples in our contexts and beyond.  In order to do this, we’re forming a key group of those who have demonstrated one thing; A desire to extend the reach of our current mission practice.  There’s a movement happening here […]

The Problem of a Missional Prophet

Jesus said, “There is no Prophet who is despised except in his city and among his kindred and in his house.” (Mark 6:4) Aramaic Bible in Plain English (©2010)  The New American Standard Bible puts it this way: “A prophet is not without honor except in his hometown and among his own relatives and in his […]

Discipleship Group – We're Going Mobile!

What is “Discipleship Group?”  Check out THIS POST and then come back.  Welcome back! We’ve been waiting for this.  We haven’t wanted to force or impose our desire do reproduce what’s been taking place in our home in other communities.  It is, however happening quite naturally.  I like to think of it as “Church on […]

Does Church Structure Imply Authoritative Leadership?

A branch doesn’t say to the root, “I’m over you, therefore you must heed my wishes or submit to my authority.  Neither does the leaf say to the branch that “I absorb the light and provide you with the sustenance you need to live, therefore I will dictate the manner of your growth.”  The tree […]

7 Ways to Sneak into and Keep a Church Leadership Position

Convince people that it’s a needed and biblically warranted hierchacal position. Convince people that leadership is a “Spiritual Gift” (Romans 12) which some have and others don’t, and that the Ephesians 4:11 gifts are “Leadership Gifts.” Convince people that they should esteem you higher than themselves. Convince people that leadership in the New Testament Church is […]