Meeting the Needs of Children in Small Churches

How did the early church teach their children? Did it involve Sunday school, children’s church, or nurseries? At a Virginia conference for small churches, before a panel discussion was about to begin, I whispered to a friend that I bet the first question was...

Elder Rule Through Congregational Consensus

What is the advantage of following the early church’s approach to decision making? No matter who has the final authority to make decisions in your church, adopting early church attitudes can make the process both unifying and edifying. An important role of...

Participatory Worship

How could early church practice make your worship services more meaningful? Consider unleashing the laity. Ordinary believers regularly and significantly contributed to the corporate worship of the first-century church. This open format allowed those prompted by the...

Helpful Hints for Hosting the Lord’s Supper

Helpful Hints for Hosting the Lord’s Supper Although we may understand scripture and desire to practice hospitality, the idea of having 30 or so folks, many of whom are children, in our home for a full meal can be quite overwhelming!  Where do they all eat?  How do I...

The Lord’s Supper/Agapé — A Fellowship Feast

How could early church practice enrich your Lord’s Supper observances? Consider making a weekly Agapé meal an integral part of it. The first-century church celebrated the Lord’s Supper weekly in conjunction with the Love Feast. This holy meal was a wonderful time of...

The Importance of Wineskins

Wine connoisseurs prefer to enjoy their wine in special glasses.  The wine is held up to the light, examined, swirled, smelled and finally, tasted.  Why is it that connoisseurs don’t pour their wine into cheap plastic cups such as are found in motel rooms?  Although...