Earlier this week at ThomRainer.com:
- Fifteen Unusual Hospital Visits Experienced by Pastors
- Seven Ways Busyness Can Harm a Church – Rainer on Leadership #376
- Six Essentials for Advertising on Facebook This Christmas
- Emotional Intelligence, a Critical Trait of a Church Replanter – Revitalize & Replant #009
- The Three Most Common Sentences in Dying Churches – Revitalize & Replant #010
- How Church Leaders Can Fight Discouragement – Rainer on Leadership #377
Churches reject the practice of church discipline for lots of reasons. Some believe the practice doesn’t comport with the biblical concept of love. Related to that idea, some will point out that none of us are perfect, and therefore we should not be focused on getting rid of people when they sin. Still others maintain that the church can err in their practice of church discipline since the church is filled with fallible, sinful human beings. Finally, some maintain such a practice is far too invasive of private lives.
To the oft regret of many, the search and interview process is not always adequate. Even with the best of intentions, a new staff member—it may become quickly apparent—is the wrong hire. Bill Hybels long ago suggested the 3-C framework (character, competency, chemistry), while others add a fourth: calling. The essential questions proposed below fit within the C-framework, whether three or four C’s are used.
Honoring your pastors surely includes honoring their spouses. LifeWay Research recently completed and published a research project sponsored by the North American Mission Board on spouses of pastors. More than 700 pastors’ spouses were interviewed and the results reveal both the blessings and burdens of their lives. The research is published here, and below are five of my observations:
Being a small church pastor isn’t my penalty for something I’ve done, or am doing wrong. It’s my specialty. My niche. And, since embracing it, it’s becoming an area of great joy and passion – even expertise.
Going to church each Sunday and sitting under godly, loving, biblical, and practical preaching week in and week out should be enjoyed as a privilege by God’s people. While some people, like myself, learn best by sitting and listening, I know many people get more out of sermons by taking notes. When I’m listening to a sermon I try to always do the following three things:
As a leader you’ve probably gathered great experience in a variety of work. You can probably generate a lot of activity and knock out a lot of tasks. But are you accomplishing the right things? Are you trying to do it all? In this updated article, Matt Perman shares ways that you can accomplish more for your organization by doing less.