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In the early days, the first church at Jerusalem was one which overflowed with joy and gladness; there was a great sense of unity and love for one another. Since that time many churches have started off well, but have failed to continue. What happened in the New Testament has happened again and again. And it still happens. Problems arise; difficulties have to be faced; temptations seem very powerful; relationships get strained. The joy begins to ebb away and unity becomes increasingly threatened.
This book is an attempt to explore from a biblical perspective leadership and relationships within the local church. In particular, Paul Brown looks at personal relationships within churches, and the inter-relationships of members and leaders. Close relationships that have a potential for good also have a potential for harm. It is written out of deep concern to promote the welfare and harmony of churches so that they might glorify God and be faithful, shining lights in the world. While written from within the context of independent churches and concentrating upon the local church, it is hoped it will prove useful to all varieties of evangelical churches.
Paul Brown is the pastor of Dunstable Baptist Church. After studying at London Bible College he became an assistant pastor and has been in the pastoral ministry for 38 years. He has done further studies with the Evangelical Theological College of Wales, and serves on the Theological Committee of the Fellowship of Independent Evangelical Churches. He is married with three children and five grandchildren.