Someone who likes being the boss

Some people like being the boss. People with that mentality can be worrisome – especially in connection to the church.

But Jesus called them to Himself and said, “You know that the rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and those who are great exercise authority over them. Yet it shall not be so among you; but whoever desires to become great among you, let him be your servant.” (Matthew 20:25-26 NKJV)

A boss is not the same thing as a leader. Leaders work with others. Bosses tell others what to do.

Bosses are a part of a hierarchy that never steps back down to the bottom rung of the ladders to help others. They are where they are because they got themselves there. And they thoroughly enjoy it!

The boss mindset won’t work in the church … literally or metaphorically. It may be present, but it exists without the Lord’s approval.

The leader mindset is what it takes: service through example, humility, patience and perseverance. Carrying crosses, giving cups of water, offering words of encouragement and staying loyal to the chief shepherds script is the to-do-list of a leader.

If you like the being boss, you have a problem that can only be solved through the leadership of Jesus.

And whoever desires to be first among you, let him be your slave—just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many.”” (Matthew 20:27-28 NKJV)

#boss, #christianity, #church-leadership, #serving-others

August 2016 Issue of Christian Worker (Elders)

Here’s a link to the latest PDF issue of the Christian Worker.

Here are the topics that you will find:

  • The Value of a Strong Eldership (Rob Whitacre)
  • How the Church can Strengthen Her Elders (Cody Westbrook)
  • What Elders Need from Preachers (Bill Siebert)
  • The Courage to take on the Wolves (Russell Haffner)
  • The Encouragement of a Godly Wife (Ken Hope)
  • Training the Next Generation (Jim Laws)
  • The Shepherd’s Reward (Rick Popejoy)

Christian Worker is an edification effort of the Southwest church of Christ in Austin, Texas.

You can subscribe to the email version of the Christian Worker paper by clicking on the publications link on their website and then following the given instructions.

Copyright © 2016 Southwest church of Christ, All rights reserved.

#christian-worker, #church-leadership, #eldership, #responsibility

July 2016 Issue of Christian Worker (We Need Strong Preachers!)

Here’s a link to the latest PDF issue of the Christian Worker.

Here are the topics that you will find:

  • We Need Strong Preachers! (Tom Moore)
  • Faith is the Victory! (Cody Westbrook)
  • The Word of God is Able! (Richard Melson)
  • Every Aquila Needs His Priscilla (Carl McCann)
  • What Preachers Need from Elders (Andy Baker)
  • Iron Sharpens Iron (James Nash)
  • Strength Through Spiritual Exercise (Bill Burk)

Christian Worker is an edification effort of the Southwest church of Christ in Austin, Texas.

You can subscribe to the email version of the Christian Worker paper by clicking on the publications link on their website and then following the given instructions…or by clicking on the link provided here in The Fellowship Room under the “Friends” category to your right.

Copyright © 2016 Southwest church of Christ, All rights reserved.

#christian-worker, #church-leadership, #iron-sharpens-iron, #preachers-wives, #preaching, #spiritual-strength, #the-power-of-gods-word, #trusting-god

Some links to articles and other sites you might be interested in

Read a great article yesterday, with a good attention grabbing title, written particularly for preachers. If you preach I think it’s worthy of your consideration…it reminds us of a few basic guidelines just in case we’ve forgotten about them.

There is a very good post on Apologetics Press about the role of men and, particularly, women in the church. It’s a lengthy read due to the nature of the topic but it’s an article that can be gleaned for notes; especially the section on the  “office of a deaconess” in case you’re not familiar with the typical arguments presented with that topic.

For those of you who are interested in adding some older circulated books of the spiritual nature that are sourced and written by various authors about various topics to your personal library, you can check out this website that I found a couple of weeks ago. The site has a long list of titles (literally hundreds of them) and the vast majority of them are under 5$. According to the site’s host, Michael Wilk, these books are coming out of his personal library that he’s looking to clear out. P.S. – I’m not getting any kick-backs here; I just know there are several book chomping readers that browse the pages of TFR and I thought some might be interested since the site has books and other materials that I’m sure are out of print by now, thus making the materials difficult to find but not necessarily “old” or useless in scope.

Speaking of TFR, some of you regular readers here may not be familiar with TFR’s good ole’ buddy from the American west coast, and former “Twice Blessed” article writer for Forthright Magazine, Don Ruhl and his blog-site called “Email Devotionals“. I know it’s easy to get bogged down with daily articles in your email in-box, but with Email Devotionals, Don keeps achieving the same goal that he accomplished with Forthright – two, quick and to the point Bible based articles every day.

If you ever know of a good website associated with the brotherhood with resources worth passing along, make mention of it in the comments. Someone might be blessed with it!

#books, #church-leadership, #devotional-articles, #links, #preaching, #role-of-women

Why Roll The Dice When You Can Open The Book?

I listened to a sermon yesterday by a preacher for the churches of Christ that made me scratch my head at one point. I can’t say I know much at all about the congregation (although I have my ideas), but what I do know is that they listened to a sermon that I believe missed the point. The preacher was preaching from verses in Acts 1. A great place to study with great points mind you! But the confusion came in when the church, led by Peter’s understanding of the need to replace Judas’ apostleship (bishoprick), needed to choose between Barsabas and Matthias in Acts 1:15-26. The result was that the church ended up casting lots to help reveal God’s will in choosing between the two men.

So the question was/is/may be asked why doesn’t the church do such things today? Is it a reflection of a lack of faith, trust or willingness to allow God to choose if we do not do such things when it comes to leadership or other issues in life? The answer is a resounding, “No!”

For one, the situation in Acts 1 called for the replacement of Judas, and replacing Judas meant that only “one office” was available while two men were candidates. That’s a problem that needed a solution and a solution was found. When it comes to leadership today, the office an elder/pastor/bishop is not restricted to the necessity of one man being chosen…hence no need to roll the dice to choose only one. As a matter of fact the evidence found points in the opposite direction – a plurality of men need to be chosen, not a single individual.

For another reason, there is no need for dice because the qualifications for elders/pastors/bishops are given in the scriptures (1 Timothy 3:1-7, Titus 1:5-9). Once men have been found who desire to serve the church, the church needs to pray and spend time of great care before the men are given this position of great responsibility. Not one time did Paul tell Timothy or Titus to leave the choosing of these leaders up to the roll of the dice, but rather that the decision should be made carefully keeping in mind the qualifications and the works (ultimately the revealed heart) of the men (1 Timothy 5:22, 24-25).

When one reads the scriptures found in God’s word there are always lessons to be learned, but not always actions to be copied. To say that one must roll the dice to make a decision of a spiritual matter because the apostles did such does necessarily hold water. Did not Gideon (Judges 6:37-40) use fleece to make a decision? Yes, he did, but that doesn’t mean we need to do the same, does it? Different means were used in the past to make a multitude of spiritual decisions, but why try to use them when it comes to appointing leadership in the church after the clear qualifications and directions have already been given? The apostles were not playing games when they rolled the dice nor is the Spirit of God when He has revealed the will of God through God’s word for God’s church (1 Timothy 3:14-15).

When it comes to making major spiritual decisions the scriptures encourage prayer, careful consideration and the study of God’s word; but I see no evidence that the word of God encourages people today to cast lots when it to comes to choosing the leadership in the church. Why roll the dice when you can open the book? Let no one confuse you, a person shows a faith pleasing to God when they simply follow the word that He has given in the scriptures (Romans 10:17).

#acts-1, #apostles, #choices, #church-leadership, #faith, #leadership, #religion