Alfred the Butler – a picture of a good pastor?

One of the mistakes that people in your church will make is that because they know that you are their servant, they will assume that they are your master. I’ve had people tell me what songs to sing on Sunday, what sermons to preach, how to preach, how to run the services, how to advertiseContinue reading “Alfred the Butler – a picture of a good pastor?”

Pastors and Elders VII: The Requirements for an Elder (part IV)

We have been taking a bit of time to look at the requirements for eldership; in Biblically based churches elders are appointed by pastors, and pastors should not appoint them quickly but rather look at their lifestyle and make an accurate and wise decision. The list of requirements for an elder is listed in 1Continue reading “Pastors and Elders VII: The Requirements for an Elder (part IV)”

Pastors and Elders VI: The Requirements for an Elder (part III)

We have been taking a bit of time to look at the requirements for eldership; in Biblically based churches elders are appointed by pastors, and pastors should not appoint them quickly but rather look at their lifestyle and make an accurate and wise decision. The list of requirements for an elder is listed in 1Continue reading “Pastors and Elders VI: The Requirements for an Elder (part III)”

5 Things I Learned Planning and Running Heal the Nations (our annual conference)

5. Delegate more and more and more.  The people love to serve and will constantly surprise you by the input they will put in to a conference if they can see that their work is actually making a difference in people’s lives.  Not only that it means you can focus on receiving the Word fromContinue reading “5 Things I Learned Planning and Running Heal the Nations (our annual conference)”

Pastors and Elders V: The Requirements for an Elder (part 2)

In part one of the Requirements for an Elder we discussed that an elder must be above reproach and briefly examined what that meant.  Today, I want to look at the second Biblical qualification for eldership – that an elder be the “husband of one wife” (1 Tim. 3.2). Now let me preface this article by saying thatContinue reading “Pastors and Elders V: The Requirements for an Elder (part 2)”

5 Quick Steps to Energise a Church Service!

Leader, you can do this in the middle of the worship, in the middle of the notices, as soon as the service starts or even in the midst of a dull sermon 😉  (I know, you never are in the middle of preaching and think man, if this is boring me what MUST it beContinue reading “5 Quick Steps to Energise a Church Service!”

Paying People Less than the Market Rate

It’s not a problem for a ministry or church to pay people less than market rates who want to work for them. It’s not a sin. As long as three conditions are in place: 1. The person realizes that is the case before he enters the situation. You must be upfront with people. You cannotContinue reading “Paying People Less than the Market Rate”

Pastors and Elders IV: The Requirements for an Elder (part 1)

Although good churches should be built on the grace of God, the moment you step into church leadership there are expectations of character.  Otherwise the church will implode.  For the next few weeks, we will examine the qualifications for eldership as outlined by the apostle Paul in 1 Timothy 3. Now remember – only JesusContinue reading “Pastors and Elders IV: The Requirements for an Elder (part 1)”