So what do you do about people who either are members or want to join, and are willing to attend regularly, but are not able?
Elders are to oversee the flock, but that doesn’t override the congregation’s responsibility in affirming truth.
Mailbag #82: How to Confront Those Who Rarely Attend Church . . . How Does 1 Timothy 5:17’s “Double Honor” Apply to Non-Staff Elders?By A. Duty, J. Rinne | 04.26.2019
— How should pastors confront members or regular attenders who are mere consumers or whose attendance is inconsistent? — How do you apply 1 Timothy 5:17’s “double honor” to non-paid elders? Is it even right to use this passage when determining paid elder compensation?
Mailbag #81: Helping a Church Grow in Discipling . . . How to Receive Members Who Left a Former Church Poorly.By B. Johnson, J. de Koning | 04.19.2019
— How can I help my church grow in discipling? — Receiving members who left their former church on bad terms.
Because words are a window into the heart, pastors must learn to cultivate the discipline of listening well.
In the same way that God values the populations in cities, God values the populations in rural areas. In the same way that God calls men and women to serve in the cities, God still calls men and women to faithfully serve in rural areas. The two areas could not be more different, but Christ builds his church in cities and rural areas alike.
Let’s consider the deacon’s role, requirements, and reward.
Arrington suggests that preachers use videos, props, and interviews to make your sermons more engaging and exciting. But God’s Word alone ought to compel our listeners to respond, not gimmicks and fluff.
If you want to see your church move toward health, the church budget has to move toward health.
Mailbag #79: How Should Vocational Pastors Approach Their Own Giving to the Church? . . . How Do Deacons Relate to Elders?By J. Dunlop, J. de Koning | 03.29.2019
— Should vocational ministers tithe? Should a church then count on 10% of that staff member’s salary toward the budget? — Are deacons there just to “do what they’re told” by the elders? Should deacons be used as a means to develop future elders?
This book is a compelling and thoughtful presentation of the value of small community ministry and the of the need for healthy local churches in those communities.
Mailbag #78: Can a Church Require Too Many Meetings? . . . Should the Church be Involved in a Pastor’s Decision to Leave? . . . Reformed Theology in the Church’s Teaching MinistryBy C. Humfrey, M. Livingston, S. Emadi | 03.22.2019
Can a church require too many services? How can pastors shepherd their flock while transitioning out? How should pastors teach about Reformed theology?
Mark plans out the preaching schedule for CHBC nearly a year in advance. But why?
In this episode of Pastors’ Talk, Jonathan interviews Mark about how to preside over funeral services.
Pastors, the vast majority of people in your church will spend tens of thousands of hours at work. How will you help them connect the gospel to their work?