Traveling Thru Here

April 30, 2011

Church Hoping: How Do You Weed-Out Churches?

Colleen Fletcher

Today I was checking to see what churches are in the area where I’ve been offered a job. Feeling more Presbyterian than anything else of late, I came across this church: The Presbyterian Church at New Providence (“Christ Centered, People Focused”).

To evaluate a church by its website may betray a certain amount of presumption. Be that as it may, my normal protocol has me checking the “what we believe” portion of their site first, but briefly, to see there doctrine of scripture (if available). Then, immediately I check to see who their pastors and elders are. This is the process I went through as to The Presbyterian Church at New Providence. Here is what I found.

They affirm this about the Bible:

the Bible is the living Word of God. Through the Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments God reveals himself to us. The entire Bible is God-breathed and God-inspired. The Scriptures are the norm and basis upon which we build our faith and live our lives.

And one of their pastors is named Colleen Fletcher.

With this juxtaposition — their doctrine of scripture against their practical ecclesiology — the revelation of this verse from 1 Timothy 2 persuades me to seek greener pastures elsewhere.

How do you weed out churches?

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