Don't Stop Believing

For the past year my students have evaluated their churches’ doctrinal statements, and I have learned valuable insights that might help pastors and boards improve their church’s confession of faith. Such statements are increasingly important, but they are not always treated as such, even in churches that value sound doctrine.

Here are ten questions for improving your church’s statement of faith, in descending order of importance. I’ll list five now and the other five in my next post.

1. Can you find it?

Is your doctrinal statement easily accessible on your church’s website? Do your members and visitors know it is there? Do you mention it in church, at least once per year?
Every church believes something about something, but in some cases it is well hidden. One student had to ask several people before he found the church’s official confession of faith, concealed in a file in the church…

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