Are You Unruly?

“We urge you, brethren, admonish the unruly, encourage the fainthearted, help the weak, be patient with everyone.” (1 Thessalonians 5:14) NASB I don’t know about you, but it bristles me to have the word ‘unruly’ tossed at me or others who are not ‘disorderly’ ‘unruleable’ ‘disruptive’ or ‘amenable to discipline or control.’ Granted, I may […]

Training Every Believer For Mission, Not Just Pastoral Care For Congregations

Today, my friend Marty, on his blog “CHOSENREBEL’S BLOG,” reposted an article written back in February of 2011.  It’s titled; “LESLIE NEWBIGIN’S RADICAL INSIGHT INTO SEMINARY CURRICULA.”  The Thesis of the article is;  Seminaries are not Structured to Deliver the Right Kind of Graduate for the Mission of the Church.  You can read the complete […]

If the Church is built upon the foundation of apostles and prophets. Why are so many trying to build it on the foundation of pastors?

Possible Points of Considerations: There’s only one church and Jesus is it’s Chief Cornerstone. There’s only one foundation to the church.  We can’t lay foundations over foundations. Prophets & Apostles are no longer needed. Someone’s got to step in. The Bible has been completed and there’s no more special revelation. They existed in their time […]

Of Hierarchy, Tiers, and Levels of Authority Within the Church.

In Lance Ford’s book, “UnLeader: Reimagining Leadership …and Why We Must,” he states: “In the kingdom of God we must view Jesus as our big L Leader—the one and only Senior Shepherd. Men and women can, and should, function in leadership but never be underscored with rank as leaders. Leadership must be viewed as a […]

Because Elders Need More Time In Word & Prayer

“In those days when the number of disciples was increasing, the Grecian Jews among them complained against the Hebraic Jews because their widows were being overlooked in the daily distribution of food. So the Twelve gathered all the disciples together and said, “It would not be right for us to neglect the ministry of the […]

The Recognition and the Appointment of Elders in the Church

Tomorrow night’s Discipleship Group will cover the second part of a 6 part series on Church Leadership.  It will center on an aspect of Church leadership which has given me much angst. Namely, that of recognizing and appointing elders.  There is little in the New Testament on the actual process of appointing elders, and in […]

7 Ways to Sneak into and Keep a Church Leadership Position

Convince people that it’s a needed and biblically warranted hierchacal position. Convince people that leadership is a “Spiritual Gift” (Romans 12) which some have and others don’t, and that the Ephesians 4:11 gifts are “Leadership Gifts.” Convince people that they should esteem you higher than themselves. Convince people that leadership in the New Testament Church is […]

What Do We Need Church Leaders For?

Believe me, I’m not being snarky or condescending when I ask this question.  But, if you are a church leader, why do we need you? If you are not a church leader, why do you think we need them?  Anyone can answer these questions.  Your thoughts? 

Leaders, Elders, and Ephesians 4:11

“Leadership Gifts” they’ve been called.  “Offices,” others say. Oh, and let’s not forget “Ministry” gifts for “Ministers.”  How we define and apply those gifts mentioned in Ephesians 4:11 will determine how effective their use is within in any local grouping of members in the Body of Christ.  Some ideed have limited these gifts to leadership, […]