When planning services, each pastor should do whatever works best for himself. That said, here is the broad outline of how one pastor does it (Mark Dever, senior pastor of Capitol Hill Baptist Church in Washington, DC).
The goal of service planning is to craft a unified service that clearly communicates the gospel, makes the sermon the centerpiece of the service, and impresses people with the glory of God.
A pastor or elder should generally plan church services because the whole service is part of the teaching ministry of the church, which is entrusted to the elders (1 Tim. 3:2; 1 Thess. 5:12-13).
That’s a tough question to answer because competing principles are at play.
1. Measuring the supernatural? Supernatural fruitfulness cannot always be measured.
2. Success equals faithfulness. One of our most important criteria for success should be whether or not a man is faithfully preaching the Word and living a life of conformity to the Word.
Pastoring a multi-ethnic church affords a unique opportunity to:
In a multi-ethnic church it can be particularly difficult to:
Many people assume that the best way to reach people is to be like them. So, if pastors want to reach cool people, they should try to be cool. But there are several problems with the idea that pastors should try to be cool:
How important is it for pastors to follow the latest bands and movies in order keep up with culture?9Marks