Maybe you have heard it expressed in frustration, “My ministry would really grow if…” After which, comes a variety of reasons (read this as a list of hindrances) that a ministry is stunted in growth. Some reasons are better than others, but ultimately, they are usually not the real issue. Some of the ways that I have heard others finish this sentence are: Continue reading “5 Things to Remember When Trying to Grow a Ministry”
The 1989 classic film, Field of Dreams (and the only film that a real man is allowed to cry after watching), the protagonist, Ray, hears a whispering voice say, “If you build it, he will come.” This concept has permeated our culture ever since.
In ministry, you probably spend inordinate amounts of time, energy, resources planning events. But what do you do if you plan it and no one (or very few) shows up? Continue reading “If you plan it, they may not come.”
This is a paper that I wrote for one of my seminary classes that deals with the idea of congregational church polity. It was originally written in December of 2010. I have done minor editing for clarity. Enjoy!
One question that the church has to wrestle with is, “How are decisions of the church to be made?” As a result of answering this question there seem to be at least three systems Continue reading “Congregational Church Polity: A Biblical Defense”
Just a short random thought for today…
When I fix my car I use a repair manual. I follow it to the letter. I do this because someone smarter than me when it comes to mechanical issues with my car, who has done this procedure on a vehicle 100s if not 1000s of times, through the manual, is guiding my hands through the same exact process. What if I began to think, “You know what, they don’t really know Continue reading “How Fixing My Car Taught Me To Follow Jesus”
Begin with a short prayer asking God to help you trust Him no matter what.
I know, Lord, that a man’s way of life is not his own; no one who walks determines his own steps.
Tell God what it is that is keeping you from following him whole heartedly. Ask Him to give you faith to trust in His plan.
Small groups are an important part of your spiritual growth and development as a Christian. Don’t believe me? Check out these scriptures: Continue reading “10 Reasons To Meet With A Small Group”
Other faith traditions may not have this issue, but in Southern Baptist life there are basically two ways the deacon body expresses itself. Within the two models, there are more and less healthy practices. Let’s look at the two ways they typically operate. Continue reading “The Deacon 2: Decision-maker or Servant?”
“Isn’t that why we hired the pastor.”
Have you ever heard someone say this in your church? Thankfully I don’t hear it very often. However, I have friends that hear it all the time. It comes as the result of someone not fully understanding what the pastor is called to do in the church. What is he supposed to be doing anyway? Continue reading “The Pastor 2: “Hired Gun?””
A few days ago I was thinking about the two scriptural offices of the church–pastors and deacons. I decided that I would start a new series of blogs about these two positions in the church. So, I began by dealing with the qualifications of someone who seeks to be a pastor. In that post, I addressed why I believe that there are only two scriptural offices in the church, as well as give an overview of what the qualifications are for those who seek the office of pastor.
In this post, I will introduce the office of deacon and the qualifications for someone who fills that office.
Interestingly, the word used for deacon (διάκονος or diakonos) literally means Continue reading “The Deacon 1: Intro & Qualifications”