Avoiding the Two-Sins of Multi-Site

Every Thursday afternoon we highlight the writing of J. D. Greear, Pastor of The Summit Church in Raleigh-Durham, NC. This week, we point you to the work of his pastoral associate, Chris Pappalardo, who responds to some recent critiques of the multi-site model. 

Here’s an excerpt:

As with many critiques of the multi-site model, this isn’t specific to multi-site. This is a tendency for any church, a tendency that increases as the size of the church increases. One might even argue—as we have elsewhere—that having a multitude of campuses can increase leadership beyond the primary pastor, making hierarchicalism less likely.

Read Chris’s full post here. What do you think of his thoughts on the multi-site approach?

Accountability and Transparency in Church Governance

Don Dancer teaches at Elon University School of Law in Greensboro, North Carolina as the Distinguished-Practitioner-in-Residence. There he teaches on corporate governance and other aspects of business law. On Dec 5th, Don spoke at a faculty luncheon hosted by the Bush Center on the topic of institutional governance.

Drawing from his years of experience both in the business world and in local churches, Don explained how corporate institutions (businesses or churches) can get themselves into ethical trouble. He also gave good advice on the steps to take in correcting such a situation. Perhaps more importantly, Don presented procedures to put in place that go a long way in preventing such a crisis from occurring in the first place. Here’s a lawyer telling how to avoid messes that require a room full of lawyers.

This blog is cross-posted at www.theologyforthechurch.com

Southeastern at the 2014 ETS

Every fall semester, before the Thanksgiving holiday, droves of evangelical professors, pastors, and students descend upon an American city to gather for the annual meeting of the Evangelical Theological Society. This year, the meeting will be held November 19-21 in balmy San Diego, CA, with Ecclesiology as the central topic. As usual, many of our SEBTS faculty and PhD students will participate by reading academic papers, or serving as panelists or moderators for various discussions. The table below lists the time, topic, role, and location of each participant. If you live in or near San Diego, or you plan to attend ETS this year, be sure to check out the fine scholarship displayed by SEBTS folk.

Time Topic Person Role
Nov 19       8:30-11:40a Christian Ethics Section Erik Clary Moderator
9:20-10:00 Christian Ethics and the Fair Trade Movement Shaun Price Presenter
9:20-10:00 Matthew 27:52-53 as a Scribal Interpolation Charles Quarles Presenter
9:20-10:00 Believer Baptism: Human Act of Obedience and Divine Means of Grace John Hammett Presenter
11:00-11:40 Panel Discussion on Believer Baptism John Hammett Panelist
2:00-5:10p Christian Ethics: Was the Early Church Primarily Pacifist of Not? Daniel Heimbach Moderator
3:40-4:20 Can War Be Just? The Ancient Church and Pacifism Steven McKinion Presenter
4:30-5:10 Interaction on the Early Church and Pacifism Daniel Heimbach Panelist
4:30-5:10 Interaction on the Early Church and Pacifism Steven McKinion Panelist
2:00-5:10 A Conversation on Origins: BioLogos, Reasons to Believe, and Southern Baptists Ken Keathley Panelist
2:00-5:10 A Conversation on Origins: BioLogos, Reasons to Believe, and Southern Baptists James K. Dew Panelist
2:00-2:40 Does Luke 10:25-37 Echo 2 Chr 28:5-15? The Parable of the Good Samaritan and the Question if Its Historical Vorlage Gregory Stiekes Presenter
2:00-2:40 On Feeding the “Theologically Dead”-Rethinking Robert Rakestraw on the Vegetative State Erik Clary Presenter
2:00-2:40 Rescuing Rahab: The Evangelical Discussion on Conflicting Moral Absolutes David W. Jones Presenter
Nov 20       8:30-11:40a The Dark Side of Evangelical Ecumenism Nathan A. Finn Moderator
10:20-10:40 Respondent to Evangelical Ecumenism Papers Nathan A. Finn Presenter
9:20-10:50 Book Panel on In Search of Moral Knowledge by R. Scott Smith James K. Dew Panelist
3:00-6:10p Molinism Session Ken Keathley Moderator
3:00-3:40 Are there Signs of Late Biblical Hebrew in Isaiah 40-66? Mark Rooker Presenter