One of the most important questions churches need to consider is how God calls us to live.  Does the Bible envision churches operating independently or joined in partnership for mission and care?  I was helped by an article written by Jon Payne, who serves as a pastor in the Sovereign Grace Church of Gilbert, Arizona and is preparing to plant a church in Austin, Texas.  He provides biblical and practical insights in this article:
Does a church need other churches?

Matthew Williams grew up attending KingsWay and joined the pastoral staff in 2009. God has blessed him and his wife, Aliza, with three rambunctious boys, Ethan, Micah, and Tyler. Matthew did his undergraduate work at the University of Richmond in chemistry and political science, spent a year at the Sovereign Grace Pastor’s College, and is nearly finished with his Masters of Divinity from the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.

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