What does it mean to say that you’re “called” to pastoral ministry?
In this post, I want to answer the question, “Well then, what can I do if I’m in a church that seriously needs to change?”
Basically, you’ve got two options: leave peaceably, or stay cheerfully.
I hope that many pastors will be encouraged, challenged, and equipped for similar work in training leaders through John’s experience.
How can you change your church when you’re not the pastor?
I pray God would give you wisdom to discern how best to serve, strengthen, and unify your local church, regardless of how you may or may not be able to change it.
You could put it like this: if there were no Holy Spirit, would your ministry work just as well?
So pastors, just as you pay careful attention to the front door of your church, keep a close eye on the back door, too.
Once you have that booming program, you have to keep it going. After all, what does it say about your church if the evangelism program folds?
Should churches ditch all their programs? If not, how should churches decide which programs to keep or cut?
In short, reprogram new people to think in terms of the ministry of the pew, not merely participation in programs.
This leadership flows from teaching the Word, setting a godly example, and attending to the spiritual state of the flock.
A culture of spiritual conversation in a local church is a powerful force for sanctification.
The author of Hebrews doesn’t move on from the gospel; he moves deeper into the gospel.