Well here’s the first draft. I don’t plan on changing it too much, since it will never be perfect anyway, but now is the chance to let me know if I’ve left anything out.
This will be reposted on permanent pages once complete.
Purpose and Nature of this Community
Signposts02 is an ongoing discussion and debate including issues and practices often associated with Pentecostal and megachurches or other church movements which concern us. This can include abuses of power, cults of personality, faddish teachings and manipulation. It also includes certain doctrines which disturb many of us such as prosperity doctrine, tithing, and teachings regarding covering and headship other than that of Christ.
It is often not easy to discuss these things openly within one of these church communities without being seen by the leadership as undermining the organisation, so this forum is an alternative space for this discussion to take place.
Most of this community are Christian and have spent time in various Pentecostal churches or megachurches. Some of us still attend.
Many of us once lurked or commented on the original Signposts site (now shut down), which had a focus on the emerging church but discussed everything else as well. This blog cannot replicate the original blog and will not try to. Continuing the original name in some form does help old community members to find us from time to time if they choose.
We also enjoy discussing current events of interest within the wider circle of Christian churches around the world.
All are welcome to join in, regardless of viewpoint. We do not have a policy of censoring or moderating genuine participation.
In the words of one member of this community there is a common hope amongst most of us that this site may be:
“a place where questions could be answered, robust debate could take place, points of view aired and broken, hurting, abused, damaged brothers and sisters could come and find kindness, a refuge and a place of healing and rehabilitation.”
Guidelines for Authors
Articles posted here should reflect the nature and purpose of the majority of this community gathering. As such:
To Preserve the Purpose and Nature of this Community
Guidelines for Comments
As best we can, let everything we do be done in love, whether it be love for others motivating a concern about harmful practices and doctrines, or love that restrains us from being truly nasty to one another at times when things get heated.
“Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins.”
1 Peter 4:8 (New International Version)