Church discipline conjures images of witch trials and inquisitions, but, practiced with humility and the goal of restoration, it should be a regular practice of the church. As the visible body of Christ on earth, the church is to be holy as God is holy. But moving toward a more disciplined church involves many issues in a day when it's impossible to know who's who in a 5,000-member church, or when a church risks lawsuits for disciplining members.
How Discipline Died
The church should stop taking its cues from the state.
Our Uniquely Undisciplined Moment
Formal accountability has been a core part of church life from its earliest days.
What do you do when your pastor--or your entire denomination--strays?
- Grace Community Church Rejected Elder’s Calls to ‘Do Justice’ in Abuse CaseWhile a former leader hopes for change, women who sought refuge in biblical counseling at John MacArthur’s church say they feared discipline for seeking safety from their abusive marriages.españolPortuguêsFrançais简体中文繁體中文
- Former Mars Hill Elders: Mark Driscoll Is Still ‘Unrepentant,’ Unfit to PastorDozens of leaders from the preacher’s former congregation are calling for him to resign from The Trinity Church, where departing members are raising familiar concerns.简体中文繁體中文
- Two Congregations Force LGBT Debate on Evangelical Covenant ChurchCan human sexuality be a nonessential issue for a denomination that seeks to “stand in the center”?
- Matt Chandler Steps Aside After Inappropriate Online RelationshipElders at The Village Church said Instagram direct messages “revealed something unhealthy.”
- Court Dismisses Suit Against Platt’s McLean Bible ChurchWhile the DC-area congregation celebrates getting to move forward, critics continue to accuse leadership of a liberal takeover.
- A igreja de John MacArthur rejeitou os apelos de um presbítero para “fazer justiça” em um caso de abusoEnquanto um ex-líder anseia por mudanças, mulheres que buscaram refúgio no aconselhamento bíblico da Grace Community Church dizem que temeram ser disciplinadas ao procurarem ajuda por causa de seus casamentos abusivos.EnglishespañolFrançais简体中文繁體中文
- Brethren Against Brethren: LGBT Fight Divides Peace ChurchDeparting congregations want stricter enforcement of official positions.
- Hillsong Church Founder Brian Houston Resigns(UPDATED) Top leader of global ministry leaves shortly after megachurch revealed a pair of investigations around inappropriate behavior.
- Grace Community Church rechazó los llamados de un anciano para ‘hacer justicia’ en caso de abusoMientras que un exlíder espera un cambio, las mujeres que buscaron refugio en la consejería bíblica en la iglesia de John MacArthur dicen que temían ser disciplinadas por buscar protección de situaciones de abuso en sus matrimonios.EnglishPortuguêsFrançais简体中文繁體中文