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Bunny Trail: Church Discipline in Your Church/es, maybe revisited [message #543910] Tue, 16 June 2009 14:27 Go to next message
Sherry in NH  is currently offline Sherry in NH
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The Church Discipline Poll[ 14 vote(s) ]
1.My church practices church discipline based on Matthew 18, but probably too widely or too often 1 / 7%
2.My church practices church discipline based on Matthew 18 10 / 71%
3.My church practices church discipline based on Matthew 18, but probably far too little 0 / 0%
4.My church has a church discipline policy based on Matthew 18, but I've never seen it in action 0 / 0%
5.My church practices church discipline, based on something else 0 / 0%
6.I don't know if my church practices church discipline, if needed 1 / 7%
7.I am not currently part of a local church 0 / 0%
8.Some combo 0 / 0%
9.Something else 1 / 7%
10.My church does not practice church discipline 1 / 7%

Here's a poll

[Updated on: Tue, 16 June 2009 14:28]


In Jesus

Sherry from NH
Re: Bunny Trail: Church Discipline in Your Church/es, maybe revisited [message #543918 is a reply to message #543910 ] Tue, 16 June 2009 14:41 Go to previous messageGo to next message
Barbara K (NC)
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I'm sure you posted polls awhile back on this exact topic....have you searched what the results were the last time you posted a poll about this?


Barbara K (NC)

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Re: Bunny Trail: Church Discipline in Your Church/es, maybe revisited [message #543919 is a reply to message #543910 ] Tue, 16 June 2009 14:42 Go to previous messageGo to next message
Teri in AZ  is currently offline Teri in AZ
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I've seen it practiced once, and the gentleman chose to withdraw from fellowship instead of undergoing discipline. I'm still friends with his wife, though.


Teri in AZ

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Re: Bunny Trail: Church Discipline in Your Church/es, maybe revisited [message #543923 is a reply to message #543910 ] Tue, 16 June 2009 15:00 Go to previous messageGo to next message
Mairi  is currently offline Mairi
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Our church practices church discipline based on the Matthew 18 model. The Elders come before the church body and disfellowship only as a last resort and after months and months of counseling and prayer and agonizing. The last time an announcement had to be made to the congregation it fell to DH as chairman of the Board to do it. He prayed and agonized for the week before he went before the congregation. It's not something any of our Elders take lightly.


Mairi
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Re: Bunny Trail: Church Discipline in Your Church/es, maybe revisited [message #543998 is a reply to message #543910 ] Tue, 16 June 2009 20:28 Go to previous messageGo to next message
Elizabby  is currently offline Elizabby
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I put "Something else" because I don't know what my current church does. We are a very small church (less than 20 adults most Sundays) and have very little "written policy". I think most issues are dealt with on a case by case basis, and since our minister is VERY good at keeping things private - I would not expect to know unless it was myself under discipline.

We are still in the same denomination as my old church, and I know they practised Matt 18 church discipline there - it was a much bigger church (1,500 members) and so gossip did tend to get about.

But really, if it is being done properly, until the "take it to the church" part, people should not generally be aware of church discipline occurring to other people.


Your sister in Christ,

Elizabby

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Re: Bunny Trail: Church Discipline in Your Church/es, maybe revisited [message #543999 is a reply to message #543919 ] Tue, 16 June 2009 20:30 Go to previous messageGo to next message
Elizabby  is currently offline Elizabby
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Teri in AZ wrote on Wed, 17 June 2009 04:42

I've seen it practiced once, and the gentleman chose to withdraw from fellowship instead of undergoing discipline.


When I've seen it happen, this seems to be the usual result. Sad

Most of the issues I've seen church discipline over, the person was so very unrepentant that they felt THEY were right and the CHURCH was wrong - so they left because the church was perceived as "stubborn" and joined a more permissive fellowship...


Your sister in Christ,

Elizabby

Evie is six, Zoe is four, and Benji is two!

Not online as much these days, contact me through email or my blog if you want to talk to me!
Re: Bunny Trail: Church Discipline in Your Church/es, maybe revisited [message #544022 is a reply to message #543910 ] Tue, 16 June 2009 22:11 Go to previous messageGo to next message
Mary Jo  is currently offline Mary Jo
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We have been pastors for 25 years and there has only been a handful of times we have had to publicly out somebody about their sin.

Most things are confronted on a one on one basis and it is taken care of that way.

We have had to go public over a person who was a danger to children, a con artist, a young man who was a threat to a teenage girl and a minister who was a womanizer! Oh ya... we almost had to throw out a vicious gossip but the person changed when he was caught in a lie. There was true repentance!

When the person is a threat to other people we take quick action.

[Updated on: Tue, 16 June 2009 22:11]

Re: Bunny Trail: Church Discipline in Your Church/es, maybe revisited [message #544038 is a reply to message #544022 ] Tue, 16 June 2009 23:09 Go to previous message
Sherry in NH  is currently offline Sherry in NH
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Barbara -- that's a good point and would be interesting, but I can't seem to find it...they probably get pruned every once in a while Smile


In Jesus

Sherry from NH
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