Something happened to my family recently, something from which we have not yet recovered. We have been deeply wounded by our church–though we still love it– and we’re trying to figure out God’s purpose for the situation and learn how we should respond to it. I have kept silent until now, but God made me a writer, so I will read and write and research until I find the answers I need.
As I grappled to find something to cling to in a sea of emotional upset, I turned to my books . . . and lit upon a subject that had never really interested me because, frankly, it had never really AFFECTED me. But now it has, and so I’ve decided to do my long-overdue dissertation on the subject. And I’ve already learned so much that I thought I’d share some of my findings with you before I publish it as a book. I promise to make it as interesting and relevant as possible.
My topic? Biblical church government. What the scriptures say about how churches should be governed by its staff and congregation. Contrasted with real life examples of how worldly management systems, philosophies, and practices have thrown scriptural practices and biblical communication out the window, wounding the body of Christ in the process.
I will also be putting together a questionnaire for other people who have been wounded by their church–and I know people all over the world have left the church because they were hurt. For my dissertation, I would love to hear from these folks to discover the roots of these problems and see how proper biblical leadership could alleviate the situation. So if you are or you know someone who has been wounded by their church, please have them check this blog for news about the questionnaire. I’ll have it up soon. Thank you!