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4 Ways To Lighten The Load Of An Overworked Pastor

Here are 4 ways that can lighten the load of an overworked pastor.

The Burden of the Pastorate

Someone once walked into my study and saw the “Mount Everest” on my desk, if they could see the desk at all, and asked “Are you recycling?” No one ever told me before I went into the pastorate that there would be so many great demands put on my time and that it would seem overwhelming at times. This fact is even truer today that 90% of the work gets done by 10% of the people in the church and if not for those “10%” the church would be vastly underserved. The bi-vocational pastor has it even harder as he is trying to juggle time with family, work, and the necessary duties of the pastorate. Today, perhaps more than ever, the pastor needs the church to support him in the same manor that they held up the arms of Moses when Israel faced an enemy, so here are 4 recommendations that can lighten the load of the pastor so that his ministry can be more effective.

6 Tips To Help Develop More Leaders In The Church

Here are 6 tips that will help your church develop more leadership.

Provide Biblical Qualifications

The Bible speaks a lot about the qualifications of church leaders and so the church must offer clear, biblical expectations for those who would desire to be part of the church’s leadership. They won’t know unless they are told and the Bible tells us a lot about leadership. For one thing, we know that the pastor or overseer “must be above reproach, the husband of one wife, sober-minded, self-controlled, respectable, hospitable, able to teach, not a drunkard, not violent but gentle, not quarrelsome, not a lover of money. He must manage his own household well, with all dignity keeping his children submissive” (1 Tim 3:2-4) and the deacon “must be dignified, not double-tongued, not addicted to much wine, not greedy for dishonest gain. They must hold the mystery of the faith with a clear conscience” (1 Tim 3:8-9). If someone aspires to the office or position of a church leader, they must know ahead of time what God expects of them.

4 Keys To Keeping Division From Destroying A Church

Here are four ways to keep your church from dividing or destroying it.

Stopping Gossip

Gossip is one of the most destructive forces, not only in society, but particularly in a church. Gossip can cause division within a church and might sow the seeds of the destruction of the church. Gossip must be stopped in its tracks or it will divide the church and cause the church to perhaps self-implode. One way to stop gossip, besides preaching on the evils of it, is to inform the members on how to respond to gossip. When someone comes up to you with gossip, tell them this: “I see why you’re concerned about so and so. Why don’t we call them right now and schedule a time to talk to them about this? Better yet, let’s go and meet with them right now and see if we can’t help them deal with what you just said about them.” You could also say “I will talk with them about what you said and see if they need help in this area (whatever it is) and tell them you’re concern.” If the person who is being gossiped about is there, say to the person gossiping, “There they are over there. Let’s go over to them and talk to them about this right now. Let’s tell them what you heard and see what they say.” You could also rebuke the one gossiping and tell them that unless the person they’re talking about is not present, it’s rude to speak about them behind their back. The Bible says “Whoever covers an offense seeks love, but he who repeats a matter separates close friends” (Prov 17:9) and “a gossip separates close friends” (Prov 16:28b).

5 Surefire Ways To Keep The Youth Active At A Church

Here are five surefire ways to keep your youth active in the church today with the goal of their staying in the church as an adult.

Hands On

If you want to get someone involved with something, ask for their help. When you get others to participate in what you’re doing, you’re likely to keep them involved in what you’re doing. Young people may not tell you they want to help or tell you that they want to participate in the activities of the church but inwardly, many do. Don’t take their body language serious; they might only be acting that way because their peers are looking on. It might not seem “cool” to be the first to volunteer to help so ask them, either individually or collectively. You don’t receive because you don’t ask (James 4:3). I think when some youth start to participate, it won’t be long before most of them will want to and when they do, thank them, encourage them, and brag on their involvement. Showing and giving appreciation goes a long way in having the youth be involved.

6 Warning Signs Of An Unbiblical Sunday School Teacher

Here are six signs of an unbiblical Sunday school teacher that you need to know about.

Hearing about doctrinal Error

This is perhaps the most critical of all signs of an unbiblical Sunday school teacher because the key word is “unbiblical” and all teaching should strictly be doctrinally sound. There is no time to waste in the urgency for this teacher to receive correction and sound counsel on what is correct biblical teaching and doctrine like in regards to salvation. The church and the church leadership will be held accountable before God for allowing unbiblical teaching in the church. This is Jesus’ church, not ours, and He is the Head, not we (Col 1:18). We are responsible for what is being taught and what is not. When you hear hints or clear language about what someone is teaching and it doesn’t square with Scripture, you must react to this immediately. The way to prevent something like this from happening is to assess what the Sunday school teacher knows. Do they believe in the divinity of Christ? What about His sinless-ness and His resurrection? Do they believe that we are saved by faith alone and not by any works (Eph 2:8-9)? Do they believe that every word of God is inspired? Do they hold to the veracity and inerrancy of Scripture? If some of these things are not clear with the teacher, they’ll even be less clear to the students.


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