Miscellanies

A Pastor Who Affirms But Doesn’t Agree With Every Jot or Tittle

Posted by on Feb 12, 2014 in Miscellanies | 1 comment

What is of more value to the local congregation? A pastor who wholeheartedly and unreservedly believes in, agrees with, and subscribes to the doctrines of a particular church and its denomination? Or a pastor who promises to affirm wholeheartedly and not publicly contradict the doctrines of a particular church and her denomination? Granted, a congregation would love both. But what if your congregations contemplates calling a pastor who is willing to affirm her doctrines but doesn’t agree with every doctrine? I suggest that, from the perspective of a local congregation, affirmation...

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The “We Need a Young Pastor” Myth

Posted by on Jan 2, 2014 in Miscellanies | 0 comments

One of the more common assumptions of aging folk in a body of believers is that their congregation would benefit from a young pastor whom they assume would better relate to (and attract) the younger generation – the Millennials or Generation Ys (those who came of age at the turn of the millennium). In that Pastor Search Teams often include a healthy dose of aging folk, they inevitably begin a pastor search with that assumption in play. While a young pastor may indeed be the right person for a particular congregation, as a Pastor Search Consultant one of my responsibilities is to...

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We Need a Young Pastor! And Other Myths

Posted by on Nov 26, 2013 in Miscellanies | 0 comments

One of the more common assumptions of the aging folk in a body of believers is that their congregation would benefit from a young pastor whom they assume would better relate to (and attract) the younger generation – the Millennials or Generation Ys (those who came of age at the turn of the millennium). In that Pastor Search Teams often include a healthy dose of aging folk, they inevitably begin their search with that assumption in play. As a Pastor Search Consultant, one of my responsibilities is to challenge that assumption. While that assumption may have reflected reality a generation or...

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Strategies Towards Multicultural Worship

Posted by on Nov 11, 2013 in Best Practices, Miscellanies | 1 comment

We will agree that the mission of God is to create a people with representatives from every tribe and nation. It seems to me that one cannot read Revelation 4 and conclude otherwise. Of course, affirming the mission of God differs from participating in the mission of God. Local congregations which do both, embrace God’s mission and take intentional steps towards becoming a multi-ethnic congregation. Those steps often impact the weekly gathering of God’s people in areas such as staffing, leadership, worship style, art, and more. Here’s one strategy to add to the list, one that is often...

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Miracles Follow the Plow

Posted by on Nov 7, 2013 in Miscellanies | 0 comments

There are two kinds of ground: fallow ground and ground that has been broken up by the plow. The fallow field is smug, contented, protected from the shock of the plow and the agitation of the harrow. Such a field, as it lies year after year, becomes a familiar landmark to the crow and the blue jay. Had it intelligence, it might take a lot of satisfaction in its reputation: it has stability; nature has adopted it; it can be counted upon to remain always the same, while the fields around it change from brown to green and back to brown again. Safe and undisturbed, it sprawls lazily in the...

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The Ideal Associate Pastor or “2nd Chair”?

Posted by on Oct 21, 2013 in Miscellanies | 0 comments

What qualities does the ideal Associate Pastor or “2nd Chair” possess? In search of an answer, I have posed that question to several Senior or “First” Chair Pastors. Without hesitation, Senior Pastors declare that loyalty is the most sought after quality. When asked to elaborate, Senior Pastors affirm that they need to know that the Associate Pastor supports his or her  vision, goals, objective, and strategies for ministry in their particular context. Senior Pastors fear that absent this quality, “naysayers” in the congregation will badger and bait the...

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