November 22, 2017

Sunday school vs. Small Groups

Don Johnson A recent blog opened with this shocking statement (shocking to some, at least): This fall we are going to do something that will seem crazy to many. We are going from a small group model to a Sunday school model (under a different name). Most church growth material over the past 20 years […]

Marriage Policy for the First Baptist Church of Troy

FBCTroy, Pastor Mike Harding Pastor Mike Harding of First Baptist Church of Troy, Michigan, offers a recently approved statement on marriage which was adopted by his church. We offer it here in light of current controversies as a resource for other churches who may wish to consider adopting a similar position statement. Marriage is an […]

Preventing Abuse in the Church

Linda Hull Recent events regarding sexual abuse within the Catholic Church remind us that sexual abuse can happen anywhere—at any time—to anyone—but the most vulnerable are women and children. [Note: this article was first published in 2003. – ed.] We church members have a special relationship with our pastors and other church leaders because we […]

A Checklist for Choosing a Good Local Church

by Jim Hollandsworth How should one go about choosing a good local church? Apart from a recommendation by a trusted pastor or friend, the process can be daunting, especially in this age of apostasy and evangelical compromise. Churches that once adhered to the fundamentals of the faith have departed. Multitudes of ministries have gone the […]

“Dad, We Need to Talk”

Originally published in the Jan/Feb 2012 edition of FrontLine. by A Concerned Pastor and Father   Please note that gender usage in reference to the victim is neutral throughout the article. “Dad, we need to talk.” In our family we had many conversations that began the same way. This time, this conversation would change everything. […]

Developing an Effective Child Protection Policy (Part 2)

Originally published the Jan/Feb 2012 edition of FrontLine. Part 2 of 2 – see here for Part 1. Recap from Part 1: Every church or other ministry ought to adopt a policy to help prevent child sexual abuse. Below are some ideas that can help with this process. Tailoring a Policy for Your Ministry Involve […]

Developing an Effective Child Protection Policy (Part 1)

Originally published the Jan/Feb 2012 edition of FrontLine. Part 1 of 2. Every church or other ministry ought to adopt a policy to help prevent child sexual abuse. Below are some ideas that can help with this process. Tailoring a Policy for Your Ministry Although there are many model policies available, it is important that […]