Church Discipline

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.

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How Discipline Died
How Discipline DiedSubscriber Access Only
The church should stop taking its cues from the state.
Our Uniquely Undisciplined Moment
Our Uniquely Undisciplined MomentSubscriber Access Only
Formal accountability has been a core part of church life from its earliest days.
Bottom-Up Discipline
Bottom-Up DisciplineSubscriber Access Only
What do you do when your pastor--or your entire denomination--strays?