Church As Family
The Bible frequently describes the church as a family. There is much to be gained from thinking through how a healthy family operates and then applying that to our church life.
What is The Church? The Church As The Family Of God - Thor (Steemit)
Nuclear Family Or Church Family? Yes! - Harriet Connor (The Gospel Coalition)
The Church: A Family, A Fellowship And The Body Of Jesus Christ - Mark Dever (Crosswalk)
Four Ways The Church Is Like A Big Family - Jason Farr (Newspring Church)
The Church As A Family? - Matt Jantzi (Radi-Call)
The Church Is A Family - Aaron Earls (Facts & Trends)
The Church As A Family - Aaron Dailey (Redeemer City To City)
Families And The Household Of God: We Need Each Other - Harriet Connor (The Gospel Coalition)
Doing Church As A Family: Building Thriving Churches With Biblical Family Leadership Principles - Michael Brodeur (Pastors' Coach) (pdf ebook)
Why Do Christians Say "Church Family"? - Pamela Palmer (Bible Study Tools)
The downside of the image
It is important to think in terms of healthy families as a model for the church. Obviously, there are many unhealthy family practices that are not an example for the church.
Quit Thinking Of The Church As A Family - Tony Robinson (Patheos)
Think About It
Write a list of the characteristics of healthy families. Then consider how each characteristic should be lived out in your church.