How do you determine if a man is not only qualified to be an elder, but also compatible to elder at your church?
Here are 10 reflections/encouragements from a pastor who planted Congress Heights Community Church in SE Washington, DC last year.
Tom Nelson’s book ‘The Flourishing Pastor’ is a helpful diagnostic tool for church leaders. It’s like a thorough examination at a doctor’s office; it’s good for you, but it may also make you uncomfortable at times and reveal some trouble spots.
The healthiest churches are often the result of pastoral ministries shaped by a long-term perspective of the kingdom.
Books like ‘Celebrities for Jesus’ are needed wake-up calls to the deceitfulness of riches and the surpassing worth of knowing Jesus over any earthly gain.
When your church’s bookstall overseer isn’t feeding the sheep healthy food, they’re working against the digestion of the church’s entire teaching ministry.
Given the prevalence of child abuse in our society, a church should never assume abuse could not happen in its children’s ministry.
What you feed people with is what they’ll continue to hunger for.
When our pastors oversee women’s ministry, it doesn’t indicate distrust, but rather that when the wolves attack, the shepherds will bear the brunt, not the sheep.
How should church leaders respond to those embroiled in the age of self?
Orr has written a short, easily readable, wonderfully biblical, and deeply challenging word for church members of all times in a humble and engaging way.
Many of us fondly remember John Piper’s “Brothers, We Are Not Professionals”. But there’s another type of professionalism that is manifestly not what Piper intended to criticize. It is the day-to-day pursuit of excellence in ministry.
Find the men in your church who are already eldering. Get to know them and, as you do, keep 1 Timothy 3 and Titus 1 in mind. Once you’re reasonably confident this man ought to be an elder, I recommend a process of formal evaluation.
Pastor-teachers do more than teach. They are called to lead—leadership that requires they be, both individually and collectively, sober-minded.