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Pastors, cherish your supportive deacons. Encourage them. Brag on them. I don’t often come across posts from pastors praising their deacons. That’s why I’m writing this one. My deacons are not just the “other office of the church;” they are people with whom I entrust the most sensitive and critical parts of ministry within our congregation. Here are some of the deacons every pastor should love.
No one begins in the ministry full-grown, all-wise, capable in all things. At first, we were all newbies, beginners, novices, learners. By the very nature of these things, we all made mistakes when getting started in church leadership. Some of them were silly.
From Laodicea to Corinth, the Bible is littered with unhealthy churches, sick with everything from materialism to heresy. But the very presence of these churches in Scripture proves we follow a God who doesn’t give up on unhealthy churches, but patiently works to heal them. The same power that raised Christ from the dead lives in you and in every believer alongside you (Rom. 8:11), and that power is sufficient to bring dead churches back to life.Here are five ways to be a healthy member in an unhealthy church.
Today, we must stop and consider how we can protect those with whom we worship. While we’re not experts in church security, here are five safeguards that may make a difference at your church.
This Week at ThomRainer.com:
The Five Stages of Recovery When Toxic People Leave the Church
I have been working with church leaders for three decades on the issue of toxicity in the church. Toxic church members are gossipers, naysayers, bullies, and generally negative people. You can count on them to gossip, spread rumors, and disrupt the unity of the church…READ MORE
Five Stages of a Pastor’s Ministry
- Year 1: Honeymoon.
- Years 2 and 3: Conflicts and Challenges.
- Years 4 and 5. Crossroads, Part 1.
- Years 6 to 10: Fruit and Harvest.
- Years 11 and beyond: Crossroads, Part 2.