I wasn’t able to attend last month’s deacons’ meeting, but I gave the deacons an assignment anyway.
The meeting was on November 11, just a couple of weeks after our “Holy Conversations” on baptism and church membership. Some of the deacons wanted to discuss the issue at that meeting, but I asked them to hold their thoughts and instead spend a month praying over it. I printed up a slip of paper they could tape to their bathroom mirrors, where they would see it every day and be reminded to pray. This is what it said:
“While we will continue to make disciples the way we always have—baptizing believers by immersion—is it possible God is leading us to change our membership requirements, to open the door of the church a little wider in order to welcome Christians from other denominations who have been discipled in different ways?”
So, when the deacons meet this Tuesday night, I will be interested to learn what they have heard from God in the last thirty days.
We still won’t be discussing the issue. We will probably save that until January when the new deacons have rotated on and the old deacons have rotated off. At that meeting we will try to make a decision about whether or not to bring this issue to the church for a vote. In the meantime I would be interested to know what you think. Please take a moment to answer the question below, and encourage your friends and fellow church members to do the same. You can send them a link to this website or just call them or text them and say, “Take the poll on JimsBlog!’
And when you’ve finished voting, please pray that our careful consideration of this issue—rather than dividing us—would serve to bring us closer to Christ and to each other.