This is not going to be your typical The Church Digital Podcast. What does church discipline look like at your church? I want to be clear with the question. I’m not necessarily talking about spiritual disciplines here. Not digging into discipleship. Wikipedia defines Church Discipline as: “the practice of censuring church members when they are perceived to have sinned in hope that the offender will repent and be reconciled to God and the church. It is also intended to protect other church members from the influence of sin.”
I was recently interviewed by Ed Stetzer over at NewChurches.com, and Ed asked me the question: “How do Digital-Only Churches handle Church Discipline?” It’s a great question, and one that I wanted to not speak only philosophically to, but bring to the table some active digital-only church planters, and talk through their experiences. What are they seeing and experiencing? How have they handled these issues?
The following conversation is a great example of the separation, the misunderstanding, that some have of Digital Churches. While some view digital expressions of church as unhealthy, people living their lives in isolation... those doing ministry in these digital communities tell quite a different story.
So, take a bit here and dive into these stories of how digital churches use the power of relationships to connect, and restore, people to God.
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ON THE SHOW
- How does your physical church handle church discipline issues? Is that way healthy?
- How can your church, physical or digital, develop relationships to the level talked about on the podcast?
- What’s stopping your church from developing relationships with people digitally?
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