Do the staff and the lead volunteers really understand the purpose and the high importance of the worship assembly-service? Do they attend and participate?
Do greeters and ushers know that the attenders and the guests are to be the object of their attention and not each other?
Continue reading “Sincere Questions About A Worship Service That May Sound Cynical At Times”
Guidelines for this “horizontal” responsibility
Pray for and pay attention to people in this age group.
Be the conscience for the leadership team to reach and serve this area.
Assess and sponsor what the church offers to evangelize, disciple, and care for these people.
“Go after” and seek to assimilate new people.
Continue reading “PASTORING a “people group” within the church”
Adult Bible Fellowships
The Importance of Adult Bible Fellowships Download
Adult Bible Fellowships: Groups of people committed to know and apply the Word together in a caring fellowship, with clear organization to provide care, discipleship, and outreach.
A community within the church . . . to serve and love each other . . . to reach out.
A Sunday adult class geared for true congregational life, where “one another’s” are planned.
Why people need community (and worship services do not give it) Continue reading “The Importance of Adult Bible Fellowships -ABFs”
As determined by surveys, discussions, and observations.
1. The grace and goodness of God.
We can pray for it and obviously give thanks.
Regular pastoral prayer, groups to pray, “prayer partners.”
2. The mood of grace and love.
Shown in media (minute spots), reputation, services, and community involvement, in halls around services also.
3. The pulpit ministry.
Biblical exposition but also balanced on issues. Continue reading “Key Factors in Growth”
For staff or board, some guideline questions to assess and improve
Do new people come, and what gets them there?
How can we help to attract them?
How do we invite our people to invite thei8r friends? Or, first, to have friends who do not go to church? Continue reading “Ways to Evaluate Your Church”
ABFs and Home ABFs
Bible study 1 in “community” 2
with care 3 and ministry 4
Good teacher, true Bible exposition, clear application
Friendships, grace mood, time — 8 to 90
Special needs, illness, assigned responsibility — up to 4 or 5 families per person to care for
Continue reading “Small and Medium Groups Are Both Huge! (where “one another’s) happen in a church”
I. Bible and prayer – Pastor
II. Board Business
A. Foundations: Statement of Faith, Constitution, Restoration-Discipline
B. Resources: Budget, Finances, Building expansion, Property
1. Finance Team Report Continue reading “Board Agenda”
Why do we make it hard
Because it is. We learned very little about it in school, and very few of us had strong leaders who deliberately built skills and desires into our lives. And we do not get much time to travel together like Paul did with Timothy or Titus.
We use books too much. A lot of them make it complicated.
Maybe we should just have two subjects to impart: character and church. CE National has discussion guides from Bible verses on these two subjects, by the way.
We forget it is just TLC – time with men in a group of 4 to 6 others, Love shown and said, and Content of the scripture that hits the heart.
We do not ask ourselves and all staff to lead a group of 4 to 6 others to develop in character strength and church leadership.
Continue reading “Leadership Development”
A good way to delineate the decisions that belong
to the members, the main board, and the pastoral staff
1. Call Senior Pastor
2. Call of main board
3. Change in constitution/bylaws
5. Sale or purchase property Continue reading “Church Responsibilities”