an organized group of believers that gather together or congregations

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Why should I choose one particular congregation or denomination? [closed]

Assuming that one believes in an almighty Lord, why should one choose a particular Christian congregation or denomination? For example, why should one choose to serve God by helping the poor through ...
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Do any Christian denominations have any policies to prevent nepotism?

Nepotism: The practice among those with power or influence of favoring relatives or friends, esp. by giving them jobs. In the secular world giving a friend a salaried position over another person ...
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Are Christians required to believe the teachings of their own denomination?

My friend is struggling right now to discern what is right and wrong in the Church and his Christian life. He has been brought up in a Catholic church where he had learned about Jesus and what he did ...
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What traditions fully embrace the concept of a “local parish church”?

As far as I understand it, the concept of having parishes and parish churches means that regions are divided up geographically, that each region will have a church that is specifically dedicated to ...
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What is the New Testament “process” for doing a church plant?

Given that new churches are to be started (eg the ministry of the Apostle Paul in partial fulfillment of the Great Commission), what is the New Testament model or process for how this should be done? ...
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Can you be a Christian and not go to church? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Do I have to attend church every Sunday? Simply put, can you be a true christian and not go to church? Or is it a mandate to go to church on Sundays?
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What is the “homogenous unit principle” of church growth?

Fred Clark wrote in his blog entry Suburban is not the same as theologically conservative (17 July 2012): The suburbanization of American Christianity has altered our theology in other fundamental ...
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Why don't we dance?

At my old church (PCA) occasionally there would be a few women who would dance at the front of the sanctuary. Later, after leaving the church, I began to feel a little bit biased against that dancing ...
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Why do adherents to the priesthood of all believers still have organized congregations?

I might be making some naive assumptions here, but I have a hard time seeing what the purpose of congregations are in the context of priesthood of all believers. As I understand it, priesthood of all ...
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Who determines church dedications?

In some of the more traditional denominations - certainly Catholicism and Anglicanism, to name two - churches or church buildings are named after "saints". This is in contrast to the more evangelical ...
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Absent apostolic succession, what is the argument for the authority of the church?

I realize that Catholics believe in apostolic succession, and that they were explicitly given authority by Jesus himself. In other denominations, what, if anything, other than the choice made by its ...
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Can I go to church on the internet? [closed]

Is it enough for me to watch a sermon online every Sunday? I have some Christian friends that I spend time with and we pray together sometimes. I study the Bible on my own and listen to my favorite ...