“In essentials, unity. In non-essentials, charity. In all things, Jesus Christ.” John Chrysostom A.D. 422 Some churches are "exclusive" in membership and outlook. One must profess full agreement with every point of doctrine and purpose of the local church or they are "excluded" from either membership, leadership, or service. Others are "inclusive", accepting anyone into the local church and its various ministries based solely on one’s personal faith in Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord and commitment to sound doctrine. A person is not excluded from membership because he or she does not agree on every point, allowing for legitimate differences of understanding and interpretation in some controversial areas of doctrine. I preached 18 months as interim (I am a state missionary) at a church that was "inclusive", with members holding a wide variety of doctrinal and practical positions within the general framework of true Christian faith. I now am elder at a church strongly "exclusive", demanding fidelity to the 1689 London Baptist Confession, etc. Where the Confession is "generic" (area like on the second coming) we have differences that are allowed. But in all other areas it is very "exclusive" of any who would hold different positions. Thoughts? Experiences? Good, Bad or Ugly?