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Five Common Mistakes in Church Documents

Monday, April 24, 2023 | Guest: David Shoaf |
Topics: Church Life

Navigating ministry without a senior pastor or any pastor at all is challenging. But churches can add clarity and eliminate confusion in transitions when their major church documents—constitution and by-laws, statement of faith, and church covenant—are up-to-date and followed. In this episode of RE: CHURCH, Marshall Fant interviews David Shoaf about five common mistakes that churches make in their governing documents. Pastor Shoaf pastored Independent Baptist Church of Bolingbrook, IL, for 44 years before transitioning to serve in GFA's interim pastor program. He has assisted several churches in updating their church documents as part of the process of calling a new pastor. You can contact Pastor Shoaf here with any questions. 

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About the host

Dr. Marshall Fant


Dr. Marshall Fant is focused on strengthening the American church through church consulting and revitalization, the interim pastor ministry, and church planting. Dr. Fant has 21 years of experience as a pastor and 20 years of experience as a business owner. Dr. Fant earned a D.Min. from Central Baptist Theological Seminary, an M.Div. from Bob Jones University, and a B.S. in administrative management from Clemson University. He is certified as a church consultant with the Society for Church Consulting. He is available to meet with pastors and church leadership at their church or by phone. Marshall and Gretchen have been married since 1981 and have five grown children and twelve grandchildren.