A few years ago (three actually), I wrote a post called “Ecclesiology FAQ.” At that time, my blog was only a couple of years old, but I had already written several hundred (perhaps a thousand) posts.
I would often get requests for my thoughts on a certain topic. If the topic was related to ecclesiology (the study of the church), then I had probably already written at least one (and usually more) posts on the topic.
Instead of continually looking up and pointing people to different posts, I decided to write that “FAQ” post. This is how I introduced that post:
Ecclesiology is one of my interests, and my primary academic pursuit. Ecclesiology is the branch of biblical and theological study that deals with the church. Since this blog is primarily about ecclesiology and since people often ask me what I think about certain topics, I thought I would give links to my blog posts that deal with the most common aspects of the study of the church and the answers to the most common questions that I’m asked.
The “FAQ” then included to several posts within these categories:
- The Nature of the Church
- Local/Universal Church
- Church Leadership (Pastors, Elders, Bishops, Deacons, etc.)
- Institutions, Structures, and Organizations
- The Church Meeting and Edification
- Fellowship, Community, and Unity
Unfortunately, within the last three years, the posts that I linked to in that “FAQ” have become outdated. It’s not that my beliefs have changed drastically since I wrote those posts. Instead, it’s more likely that my beliefs have developed.
So, lately, I’ve been thinking about writing another “FAQ” type post with links to newer posts. Plus, I know that this means that I will probably have to write another post or two of explanation.
Now, here’s where I would like your help – both my regular and long-time readers and also any newer readers (and even the lurker who might decide to comment – even anonymously). Will help me organize this FAQ for future readers?
How do you think I should organize the FAQ? Are the categories above sufficient? What questions/topics/categories do you think I should include?
Again, I would truly appreciate your assistance. I could do this on my own, but I’ve found that my readers (you) often notice things that I miss. Thanks for your help!