On Sunday, November 9th, 2014 we officially organized our first church here in China. It was a great day of celebration, especially in the face of all the adversity that the church had faced in the previous months. (They had a run in with the police in July and October.)
What exactly is Church Organization? Church organization is when a new church (that has been recently started, like ours) decides to officially become recognized as a Local New Testament Church, uniting around a common Biblical purpose, affirmation of faith, members covenant, etc.
The Bibles say, “Let all things be done decently and in order” (1 Corinthians 14:40). This isn’t just limited to the church services, but also to the church as a whole in all it’s dealings. Paul tells Titus “For this cause left I thee in Crete, that thou shouldest set in order the things that are wanting, and ordain elders in every city, as I had appointed thee” (Titus 1:5). We desire to “set in order” all the things that are wanting so that we can fulfill our role as a church.
Also, through church organization, a new church tries to reflect the character and nature of God by giving order and clarity to its foundation, object and priorities which should result in harmony, not confusion or strife.
This led us to have a special day where those who were going to be joining the church would stand up and join together for the common purpose of forming a local church for the glory of God!