Pros and Cons to Being Involved in Multiple Churches

Opinions and biblical support needed!!!!! Even if you don’t follow, you can leave a comment. As a church staff member for many years, I have been a part of one church by necessity. I only participated with others when it was an “approved” event. I would love to hear pros and cons for whether one should strictly be a part of one church only or is it beneficial to be a part of more than one. Ready, set, go!!!

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  1. First and foremost, the physical church is a location where believers come to support, encourage and bless each other with the gifts of God. To worship together in unity and receive the power that is generated when believers come together in the Holy Spirit. Do not forsake the assembling of yourselves together. But the real and true church is the body of believers. I do believe that we can have a church home but to not participate in the activities of another church shouldn’t be wrong. And by whose standards? Is God calling you to be active in more than one church? There are questions that may need to be answered for you to be at peace with this situation until God calls you to a specific church for specific reasons. Are you an evangelist or apostle? They moved around to help establish churches in foundation and strength. I believe, for me, I would not be pressured about anything. I would wait for the Holy Spirit and pray for those who may be in disagreement with you because they may not have understanding. Is God using you for something specific in this ordeal? Last, but I am sure not least to you, why do you feel obligation toward one church and desire another? Is there a reason that you have to remain at the one church? Where is your heart in this?

    1. I’m still trying to discern what God is doing during this season of my life. I’m curious to hear where people stand on church versus kingdom work. You made some valid points regarding how this relates to a person’s specific calling. Thanks for sharing your answer to this question!

      1. Another thing, I am under the elders of my church, so I would think that one would go to the elders of the church for guidance. God is not the author of confusion, but of peace. The elders should be able to address this.

  2. Wow, I probably do have some thoughts on this one. First and foremost, this will be driven by what I believe the Bible teaches about the local church: that it is a local, visible assembly of scripturally baptized believers united in a covenant relationship to carry out the Great Commission. Under this thought, we all belong somewhere. We all have, or should have, a place we call “home” insofar as church goes. That is the people who we primarily belong to, and who we are to an extent accountable to.

    On the other hand, we can participate in numerous works, but even then I believe the New Testament model is that the local church has the authority to send people out to perform other works, such as missionaries, etc.

    Evangelists and guest speakers are a different species, really. Obviously an evangelist will spend much time working in other churches, as that is what they do! But, even that person has a church were they should have an established membership and who has “sent” them out to preach the Gospel.

    Why is this important? Truth is why. So many folks just meander around in various churches, picking and choosing the things that “work” for them. The danger of becoming misdirected and drifting into false things is very great.

    Now, the blog world LOL. I am involved in a few different works, and fellowships on there, and frankly I don’t always 100 percent agree with everything in these places. I participate in one blog that is very ecumenical in nature, and our Association is pretty much anti ecumenical. I debated and prayed whether to write there, as I am basically the token conservative evangelical Christian there. I know some folks I fellowship with would take issue, but personally I am glad to have such a chance to present Biblical truth there.

    All I would really say to sum up is one should be careful out there. There is a lot of untruth, and one can get sucked into it very easily. Prayers for your quest Matthew.

    1. I believe that it is important to be a member of one church. I just read the above post, and he has said it all. We all need to be in a body who will care for our soul, to whom we are accountable, who will reprove, correct us when we are veering off base. If we don’t belong there is no investment, and people are more hesitant to speak or address issues with someone who is not a member.

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