I recently taught a mission’s class and summarized what I think are ten lessons that we can learn from mission’s history. I’ll briefly list and explain them.
Lesson 8: The growth of the Christian movement is slowed by requiring non-biblical hurdles for people to jump over prior to joining or starting a church.
Some barriers to joining a church are cultural, not biblical: walking the aisle, praying a specific prayer, sharing public testimony, mandatory classes prior to baptism, and requirements to stop or start specific behaviors.
Some cultural barriers to starting churches are also not biblical: requiring the pastor to graduate from seminary, approval by area pastors, the church must be “registered” or have its own legal status along with owning a building.
These barriers have slowed the growth of the church down, and I believe by eliminating or modifying them, the church will be unleashed.
I’ll post the other lessons soon.
Let me know if you have a correction or comment!