Family Visitation > Small Groups

If done wisely, small groups can be a benefit to Christ's church.  On the other hand, small groups can sometimes get in the way of the church's ministry.  It takes wisdom, patience, grace, and work to ensure that small groups help rather than hinder spiritual growth in the local church.  One aspect of the church's… Continue reading Family Visitation > Small Groups

Arguments Against Term Eldership

In confessional Reformed and Presbyterian circles, elders are typically elected by the congregation based on the qualifications in 1 Timothy 3 and Titus 1.  Although it differs a bit in various Reformed and Presbyterian churches, typically men who are elected to the office of elder serve for several years (i.e. 3), then take several years… Continue reading Arguments Against Term Eldership

Dear Pastor…From, John Newton

John Newton (d. 1807) wrote these words on January 20, 1789, to a young pastor-friend.  However, they are applicable to all pastors. “Tell the Lord your trials as a minister, and leave them with him; hope against hope, and wait patiently….  A faithful, humble minister cannot be unsuccessful; he shall prosper in the thing for… Continue reading Dear Pastor…From, John Newton

Elders: Shepherding, Leading

"Leading is probably what comes to mind when most elders think about their responsibilities.  Characteristic of this leadership is that it is motivated by the well-being of the flock, not for the leaders' gain.  Peter describes this leadership as 'not lording it over those allotted to your charge, but proving to be examples to the… Continue reading Elders: Shepherding, Leading