I am attempting another “multi-week” exploration of some truths which may be “outside the box” for many of you reading this newsletter. For many of our churches, this series of articles may be surprising, offensive, informative, challenging, mind-stretching, revelatory (in a non-biblical sense), and/or confusing. The topic which I will be discussing will be:
The “Polity” of our local churches.
In these articles, the term “polity” means the system for leading and governing our local churches.
As you sit and read this material, you may well experience “discomfort” as you read my words: please allow me to remind you of the fundamental premise of our polity that each and every one of our churches are an autonomous fellowship which will make its own decisions about its leadership and governance paradigms. No one else can instruct a church on how it must or even should frame its polity—certainly not some “over the hill”, washed-up, ole-fogey Director of Missions.
However, last week, I did discuss the orbit of polity as possibly being the “Sin of Achan” for some our churches.