My goal here is not to review the series—what I liked, what I didn’t like—but to offer four lessons that I think are a little more timeless, and lessons that point to the worst inevitabilities of bad ecclesiology.
We are examples to the flock (1 Pet 5:3), but that doesn’t mean we can’t learn from those around us. It’s a tragedy when pastors surround themselves with “yes men” or place themselves at the untouchable top of an org-chart.
Pastor, unless Jesus comes back before you get a new job, then your church will have another pastor—and at least one of your jobs as the current pastor is to prepare your church for the next guy.
What should new churches focus on? What should their priorities be in their early years? Titus gives us an answer.
Pastors can neither be people-pleasers on the one side, nor take pleasure in hurting people on the other. A loving courage for the sake of the final blessedness of the flock is the goal.
I love my dad and I’m writing to honor him. But I also want to commend his example to other pastors.
If you want to change the world, be a servant of all.
If the government continues to say we cannot meet, when do we as churches engage in civil disobedience by gathering anyway?
If you’re reading this, you’re likely not live-streaming weekly church services during this pandemic-prompted lockdown.
If your church has decided to make the decision to livestream, here are some pieces of advice you may find helpful.
Lord willing, none of this will prove useful for your church.
Good leadership aims for equality. The trouble is, good leadership creates clout, which strongly tempts leaders to forget the aim.
I’d like to offer some help on how to talk and think about the application of complementarianism within your own congregation, whether that’s with people you agree with or people you don’t.
I’ve been in churches whose authority structures are like an Apple Store’s, and I’ve been in churches whose authority structures are like the DMV’s. In both cases—but in different ways—chaos bubbles up to the surface.
While social pressure builds against complementarian theology, it is incumbent upon us to teach, instruct, and to show the glory of God in his created order.