Earlier this week at ThomRainer.com:
- Why It Takes Five to Seven Years to Become the Pastor of a Church
- 10 Keys to Creating Passionate Volunteers – Rainer on Leadership #356
- Before You Fire Your Pastor
- Seven Qualities of an Effective Church Communications Coordinator
- Five Surprising Insights about Growing Churches – Rainer on Leadership #357
I truly feel bad for a pastor who believes that if his church simply changes the style of its worship service, unbelievers are going to start coming on Sunday morning. For many, this has and continues to be a type of strategy to get non-Christians to church. While I am all for seeing unbelievers come to hear the gospel and just the thought of it excites me, I have never understood the logic behind efforts to attract those who are non-Christians to come to a church service.
All throughout life and ministry, we face moments that make us think “Why bother?” You take a stand in your world, and it seems to have no effect. You pray for an unsaved or wayward loved one, but there is no change. You spend a lot of time and effort investing in someone who turns against you. You pray and labor but there seems to be no increase in your ministry. You are tempted to quit.
The question of whether or not pastors should know their church members’ giving records is frequently discussed. Some pastors consider it wise to have access to members’ giving as it helps guide discipleship and lay leader efforts. For example, they use giving records to help determine whether or not a church member is suitable to lead a finance committee (a group that provides accountability for the management of the church’s financial resources). While some pastors do have access to giving records, primarily for discipleship and leadership selection, many pastors shy away from viewing church members’ giving records. Here are a few reasons why:
I know some readers won’t like this post. Most of us have a habit of sitting in the same place in church on Sunday, and I realize that nobody else is calling for changing this pattern. Nevertheless, I press on with my reasons that you and I should sit in a different place at church this weekend.
It is clear in the Bible that God’s intention for marriage is that it remain in effect until the death of one spouse. I believe it is also quite clear that God has provided a limited set of circumstances in which a marriage can legitimately be severed. However, many people—even Christians—offer reasons to divorce that are not sanctioned by God. Jim Newheiser helpfully outlines a number of these in his book Marriage, Divorce, and Remarriage: Critical Questions and Answers. Here are 10 common but illegitimate reasons to divorce.
When inviting others to join your team, both character and competence matter. They are both important. A person of integrity who is not skilled for the role will only grow frustrated while frustrating everyone else. So competence is important, but character is more so, and here are four reasons why: