Do you practice open or closed communion?
We practice “responsible communion,” which is neither open nor closed. That is, according to the Bible we have a responsibility to tell people what we believe (“we receive the body and blood of Jesus Christ with the bread and wine, for the forgiveness of sins”), based on Matthew 26:26-28, Mark 14:22-24, Luke 22:19-20, 1 Corinthians 10:16-17, 1 Corinthians 11:23-28. The person has the responsibility to check with the Bible to ensure that it does teach that, and that the person agrees with that. Administration is left with the local pastor as part of his pastoral care.
Questions Frequently Asked about The AALC
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- Who is The AALC?
- What is distinctive about The AALC?
- Does The AALC offer a Benefits package for its pastors?
- What are the financial obligations for joining The AALC?
- Does The AALC have a seminary?
- How does a congregation call a pastor in The AALC?
- Does The AALC ordain women as pastors?
- What roles can women serve in AALC congregations?
- Does The AALC address social issues?
- How does The AALC operate?
- How does a church join The AALC?
- Do you practice open or closed communion?