Focusing on doing things the way they did in the 1st Century church is at the heart of the Restoration Movement Churches.
Greatest Strength in Restoration Movement Churches
One of the greatest strengths of the independent Christian church brotherhood is that we have no central organization.
There’s no central headquarters that needs to be supported by a head-tax (the commitment of a percentage of the local offering based upon membership) which leads, in turn, to a church demanding a tithe from their people (and, yes, that still happens).
And there’s no hierarchy to dictate doctrine or policies for the congregations beneath them.
I was confronted by this truth early in my ministry when I had weekly prayer meetings with a man that used to belong to a denominational church in town.
I once asked him why he left them, and this was his story: The central organization of that denomination had decided to embrace homosexuals as members. My friend was incensed at this clear violation of Bible doctrine and so he called the Bishop in Fort Wayne to complain.
A Bishop and My Friend Walked into a Bar
The Bishop told him “you take care of local matters, we’ll take care of national matters.”
My friend replied “you can take care of whatever you want to. I’m outta here.”
At that time I was struggling in a church that had an adulterous and unrepentant Deacon whom the Eldership refused to discipline. I was eventually fired because I refused to go along with that decision.
The contrast between the sin in our local church and the sin in the national denomination church seemed striking: Whereas, the evil our Eldership permitted damaged our one congregation, the Denominational acceptance of evil damaged 100s of congregations.
As I said, one of the greatest strengths of our brotherhood is the fact that we have no central organization.
Greatest Weakness in Restoration Movement Churches
One of the greatest weaknesses of our brotherhood is that… we have no central organization.
We’re so fiercely independent that sometimes brotherhood congregations, in the same community, will ignore each other.
They won’t work together on mission or community outreach and they rarely encourage one another by attending each other’s special events.
4 Step Strategy for Restoration Movement Churches to Thrive
- Applaud our independence while promoting inter-dependence.
- Deliberately encourage your people to attend other churches’ special events.
- Offer help to churches that are struggling.
- Have weekly preacher meetings where you share sermon ideas and illustrations with those preachers and listen to each other’s successes and problems.