This kind of thinking thinking subtly leads us into the futility of dependence on synthetic technique and the idolatry of dependence on self, culture, and business theory.
Schwarz’s low view of Scripture is also seen in his desire to place natural observations and research along side of or verifying Scripture.
Multiple-views books like this provide a perfect opportunity—an opportunity neither book fully makes good on—to set the record straight about positions that are not mutually exclusive.
I found myself deeply encouraged by the reflections of this life-long pastor, who has been such a clear gift to Christ’s church.
You may find this book helpful if you are a church planter, particularly in urban environment, but you’ll need to buttress it with books that have a more solid biblical ecclesiology.
As a result of reading Multicultural Ministry, I will pray more, read more Scripture, and consider ways in which I can be a more deliberate reconciler.
A Pastors’ and Theologians’ Forum:
What lessons have you learned the hard way in selecting elders?
Thinking back to when you first became an elder, what initial lesson(s) most stand out in equipping you to elder well?
What are some questions specific to pastoral fidelity that churches should be asking pastoral candidates? Here’s a starter set. Can you think of more?
Do local churches have the responsibility to help raise up the next generation of pastors, and if so, why?
Changes in the leadership structure require devotion to the church and willingness to endure whatever unsettling times might follow.
As a pastor, your greatest power to help your congregation change comes not through your forceful personality, but through years of faithful, patient teaching.
Through submission we model the godly humility that should characterize us as a church, and we maintain our Christian unity in the midst of disagreement.
What exactly is church government? Put simply, it’s the system by which decisions are made in a church, a description of where authority resides.