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Ordering and Appointing (Titus 1:5)

 “This is why I left you in Crete, so that you might put what remained into order, and appoint elders in every town, as I directed you…” 421 more words

Mission

Is Your Church Too Autonomous?

How can you be too autonomous?  Isn’t being autonomous just like being pregnant—either you are or you aren’t!

No, I don’t think so.  I think there are degrees of autonomy and that we have defined it in a completely untenable way, a way that diminishes our ability to enjoy community, to fellowship, to partner in the gospel, perhaps even to extend grace to the whole Body of Christ. 842 more words

Church Leadership

RE: Elephants, a Call to Allies and Humans in the Mennonite Church

Good afternoon, allies and humans of the Mennonite Church. I (a human who is queer) have a quick note, a “call to action,” if you will. 836 more words

Why You Need Elders and Deacons

In Numbers 18, God organized his ministers. All those in the tribe of Levi were set apart to serve him, but not all were to serve him in the same manner. 510 more words

Top Down Christianity? I Don't Think So...

Devotional Thought of the Day:
Now if your experience of Christ’s encouragement and love means anything to you, if you have known something of the fellowship of his Spirit, and all that it means in kindness and deep sympathy, do make my best hope for you come true! 936 more words

Devotions

The Moment We Choose Love, We Begin to Move Toward Freedom

Today, what I have to give is only support and love for my community harmed by church polity, exhausted from the violence of power, privilege, and oppression. 74 more words