Think for a second about how crucial it is for basketball team to work together as a team. Who calls the play? Who sets the pick? Who makes the assist? Who takes the shot? Every member must know his part. And every member knows the team’s success depends on rightly playing that part.
The same goes for tennis doubles, and army platoons, and political campaigns, and business partners, and on and on we could multiply the examples. Success depends on every part rightly relating to the other parts.
The same lesson applies to church staffs. For the sake of the church and the kingdom, we hope to help church leaders take a few moments to think through staff dynamics. In fact we’re devoting this 9Marks Journal and the next one to the pastor and his staff.
Mark Dever, Jeramie Rinne, Mark Mullery, and Vince Hinders get the ball rolling by helping senior pastors think about managing the staff, serving the staff, and discipling the staff. Andy Johnson, Michael Lawrence, and, again, Jeramie Rinne then offer some wise counsel for every member of the staff.
In the next issue, we’ll get into more of the nuts and bolts of everything from hiring and firing to setting salaries. For now, let me personally commend the wisdom that each of these brothers have to offer. Reading though each of the articles, I find myself asking God to grow me in such wisdom. I pray the same for all of us.
For the Pastor
Some of the wisdom that pastors need for managing their staff is basic proverbial stuff; but some of it requires a little more spiritual discernment. Read more >
In order to figure out how to serve his staff, this senior pastor—get this!—actually asked his staff. Read more >
Mark Mullery and Vince Hinders
What goes around comes around, so disciple your staff to disciple you. Read more >
We asked a host a pastors to give us their best ideas for leading staff meetings. This email correspondence ensued. Read more >
For the Pastor and His Staff
Senior pastors are not islands. This associate has several insightful tips for reminding senior pastors how much they have to benefit from the rest of their staff. Read more >
The church isn’t yours, it’s his. Then again, it’s kind of yours, not just his. Then again, it’s neither of yours, it’s His. Read more >
Here a few ways a church staff can bless the whole church body by blessing their pastor. Read more >
Miscellaneous Book Reviews
- Fred Zaspel
Of all the books on Islam and ministry to Muslims, Sam Schlorff’s Missiological Models in Ministry to Muslims appears unique in purpose. Most such books tend to address Islam itself or propose various methods or approaches to sharing the gospel and planting churches. But Schlorff pushes the discussion back to more foundational questions like these: Read more >
I don’t know about you, but I’m generally a fan of roundtable discussions. Sometimes the cut and thrust of live interaction can uncover issues which wouldn’t surface in a monologue. It can also reveal agreements—and disagreements—which otherwise might not have shown themselves. On the other hand, roundtable discussions can sometimes be frustratingly shallow, just scratching the surface of a topic before jumping to something else. A LIVELY ROUNDTABLE ON ISSUES IN MISSIOLOGY Read more >
Let’s begin with how to read The Intentional Church. HOW TO READ THIS BOOK Simply put, turn to the conclusion first. There, Pope clearly states that “a transforming church is the by-product of the power of the gospel, not of outstanding ministry planning” (221). Read more >
Some Christians grew up in churches that seemed irrelevant to real growth in godliness. Some Christians—sometimes the same ones—were converted or grew significantly through a parachurch ministry during college. Some Christians have been burned by churches that abused authority, tolerated scandalous sin, or split over superficial issues. Read more >
I’ve been thinking a lot about cultural diversity in the local church these days. Since I’m a young, Chinese Texan who has spent the past four years living on the East Coast and am currently pastoring an older, Caucasian congregation in the Pacific Northwest, I find the topic to be quite relevant. So it was with great interest that I read Soong-Chan Rah’s Many Colors: Cultural Intelligence for a Changing Church, in which he proposes a way forward for churches dealing with the challenges of cultural diversity. Read more >