And he himself gave some to be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, some pastors and teachers, equipping the saints for the work of ministry, to build up the body of Christ, Ephesians 4:11-12 In many churches, the internet and social media are viewed as confusing, potentially divisive, and a frustrating necessary evil. But as under-shepherds…
If God calls individuals to specific types of ministry, then wouldn’t it make sense that He calls the individual bodies of believers that make up The Church to specific types of ministry?
It’s easy to look at the outside of the puzzle box. It’s hard to discover where the pieces go.
Congratulations! You’ve done it! You have graduated from Bible College or Seminary, the congregational vote passed with 94 percent, and now you are set to begin pastoring your first church. Now what? Yes, there are sermons that need to be written, people that need visiting, and potlucks that need attending. But when you’ve done that…
One unknown individual once cleverly quipped that “meetings are a place where minutes are taken and hours are lost.” While this is a common complaint among pastors and church leaders, it doesn’t change the reality that meetings are a necessary part of leading.
Most people will consider making a necessary change only if circumstances outside of their control interrupt their way of life. God has a unique way of imposing His will in our life to push us to make the necessary changes to accomplish His purposes.
A great way to build influence in the place that God has called you to is by making small positive investments over a period of time.
Serving in a new place always comes with its challenges, but one of the biggest challenges that pastors/church leaders face is figuring out how to build influence before exercising authority.