IS ADMINISTRATION FOR PASTORS?
Acts 6 offers a paradigm for the “how” and “why” of church administration.
Good administration and good administrators are a gift from God. Don’t neglect these gifts just because they seem boring or nerdy.
Pastors’ delegation of work to deacons should not lead to abdication of their duty to oversee.
There are many reasons why a church may want to consider an administrative pastor as its second (or third or fourth) hire.
Managing a church staff in wisdom is necessary for a joyful ministry.
Our church structures and job titles should conform to biblical patterns. These patterns are a blessing, not a burden.
How do you conduct a job performance review for the elders (particularly the paid staff elders)? In other words, how do you determine if an elder is “ruling well”?
Job descriptions and a clear org chart or staff structure are essential tools for organizational excellence and faithful management.
Fellow elders and founding documents guard a senior pastor against the pride of authoritarianism.
Does lacking a building put a church at a disadvantage?
Church buildings are beneficial because they maximize Word ministry, provide stability long-term, are a public witness to the gospel, and help the church better steward its money.
When you start to have more attendees than seats, you have other options than adding another service.
Behind our theology of church property is our theology of all created things. They are gifts from the Lord that may be used rightly or wrongly, for the glory of Christ or the glory of mankind.
Let’s see how the apostle Paul discussed money, and then apply his approach to scenarios you may find yourself in.
Churches are called to imitate the integrity of Christ by handling their finances with transparency, accountability, and moderation.
When considering whether to share salary information with the whole church or one inquisitive member, try to process that question with two goals: build ownership and maintain unity.
Healthy churches can proactively plan for and financially invest in their pastor’s retirement as a way to encourage his longevity.
Generosity and trust should inform how much churches pay their staff.
What do we do when there seems to be a discrepancy in our staff salary structure?
Pastors should be able to advocate for their own pay if necessary, but prayerfully and carefully.
If we think benevolence is only about giving people money to help solve their problems, then we’ll miss this. No, benevolence is about showing others the mercy and love we’ve been shown.
Once you’re in a leadership position, it becomes clear pretty fast that solid rules aren’t a necessary evil at all; they’re an indispensable weapon for safeguarding the unity of the church.
Does the Bible have much to say about church structure? In short, yes!
What can we do to make elders’ meetings excellent?
A care list engages the whole church in both corrective discipline and caring for the weak.
Increasingly, pastors will be asked to make complex moral decisions related to LGBTQ+ issues. Policies delegate the decision-making process, creating more time for pastors to exhort, instruct, and disciple individuals on gender identity and sexual orientation.
Pastors should take regular sabbaticals and plan them well.
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