Questions About Practical Implications Of Reformed Theology
January 18, 2008 3 Comments
If you have read my blog for any length of time then you know that I have recently embraced Reformed Theology (Calvinism or The Doctrines of Grace if you prefer). This was a long process for me. I struggled with it for a while partly because I was not sure how the change in theology would affect my status in my church. I attend a small very traditional SBC church.
Another reason I hesitated was because I did not understand the practical implications of this theological switch. I still struggle with it some. I am trying to get an idea of how we “do church” from a reformed perspective. My church is not reformed and I do not know of any reformed church with a 30 minute drive of my home. There may be some but I am not aware of any. I would like to find one that I could visit to see how things are done.
Now to the point of this post. For those of you who attend a reformed church (preferably reformed baptist), I am curious about the day to day operation of how things are done. Some questions I have are:
- Do most reformed churches have more than one elder?
- If so, how do the elders function?
- How are other leaders chosen?
- How are the worship services organized?
- Do you have alter calls during the service?
- How do visitors become members?
- How are the small groups (and other discipleship training classes) organized and what is their purpose and focus?
- How do you do evangelism?
- How do you equip the saints for ministry?
- How do you do youth and children’s ministry?
This is just a few questions. Please don’t feel that you must answer all of them to post a response. I also expect to have other questions…as they come to me or as a result of reading your responses.
Thanks for taking the time to help educate me.