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Old 07-14-2009, 05:04 PM
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Default Church Governance

I searched the forum for a related thread but wasn't able to find a thread specifically on the topic.
I've been thinking about the topic of church organization and governance according to scripture. My purpose in posting this thread is not to be controversial or attack any one for their opinions, but I am interested in input based on scripture. I outlined my specific questions below but there are probably aspects of the topic that I have overlooked so I welcome additional information that goes beyond my question.

So, according to Acts and the pauline epistles how should churches be structured?

1) What is the purpose of a local church?
2) What are the offices and gifts? Which are still in effect today?
3) How should they be used/performed?
4) What is church discipline and how should it be used?
5) Is official membership scriptural?
6) Should unbelievers be allowed to attend services?
7) How does the general apostasy in our day bear upon Paul's admonition (which was admittedly addressed to Hebrew Christians):

Hebrews 10:25 Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.

Thanks for input anyone may have based on the scriptures!