The Wanderer

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Stephen Rees of Grace Baptist Church in Stockport was asked this question by a correspondent:

We are thinking through the matter of whether or not to join a formal association of churches. We left the Baptist Union about fifteen years ago and have been formally independent, although we have enjoyed a warm informal relationship with other churches. We are now considering if it would be good to affiliate with the FIEC (Fellowship of Evangelical Churches) or the regional association of Grace Baptist Churches, or both. However, some friends have said to me that in their view linking formally with such organisations can be detrimental to church life. I am wondering if you are aware of any resources, or if you have written any yourself, on this subject …

Read his answer.

Written by Jeremy Walker

Wednesday 6 November 2013 at 15:49

Posted in Ecclesiology

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  1. Major kudos Jeremy!

    Scott

    D. Scott Meadows

    Wednesday 6 November 2013 at 16:38

  2. […] [HT: Jeremy Walker] […]

  3. Many of those arguments about protecting the integrity of independent, autonomous local congregations could equally be applied to the concerns of independent, autonomous believers. What if I don’t agree with what my church is doing? What if my church allows into membership someone who I think might not even be a Christian? Isn’t it better to avoid formal membership and just associate informally with other Christians? I don’t understand why this principle – that the body of Christ is divided into independent, autonomous units (as it says in 3 Corinthians) – should not apply to individual believers too.

    And it’s perhaps worth noting that we live in a culture that makes an idol of autonomy and independency. When did this drive for independency and autonomy enter church history again?

    Anthony Smith

    Monday 11 November 2013 at 12:06


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