Hiring and Firing
Generally, if an activity is not important enough to get done if the staff position were eliminated, it is likely not important enough to get done at all.
An unfaithful employee of the church undermines the trust which underlies a Christian’s giving.
It’s not appropriate to sack competent staff members simply to suit the current developments at the church.
Nuts and Bolts
Short-term staff are a blessing from God. They should be used for his glory and their own good, as well as for the good of other congregations they may yet serve.
It just might be a good thing for your second hire to be a trellis-builder: an administrative pastor.
The first step in preparing a healthy compensation decision is, by God’s grace, to build a healthy local church with biblical structures of leadership and accountability.
Senior Pastor: Yea or Nay?
There’s enough biblical evidence in the New Testament to warrant the idea of a senior or lead pastor among the pastors.
I’m hesitant to say that a church should formally recognize one elder as the senior elder.
Miscellaneous Book Reviews
All in all, this book represents what I believe to be God’s gracious work of calling his church back to the simple and revolutionary power of the gospel.
This book has a significant overarching weakness: pragmatism.
Along with much biblical wisdom and good sense, there are a number of assumptions and values in this book that don’t square very well with Scripture.
Book Review: Heralds of the King: Christ-Centered Sermons in the Tradition of Edmund P. Clowney, ed. by Dennis JohnsonReview by Bobby Jamieson | 9Marks Journal: The Pastor and his Staff, Part 2 | 08.29.2011
This book is a fitting tribute to a man whose writing, teaching, preaching, and personal example have helped a good many pastors to preach Christ from all of Scripture.
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