DENOMINATIONAL
MATURITY

Many Protestant Church denominations exist. How do they start? How do they grow? How do they mature? The process has demonstrated a fairly consistent pattern over the last five -plus centuries.
 
It usually starts from a group of people who share either a common spiritual experience or a commonly shared view of Bible teaching, understanding, or doctrine. They begin by informally meeting together.
 
It grows when they begin to enthusiastically share their views or experience with other people. Enthusiasm draws people. The gatherings grow.
 
Eventually, leaders emerge who move to formalize them as an association. In these early years   continue reading

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