Why Your Church Should Have Elders (Part 4)


Church Life, Pastoral Ministry
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Jesus loves the church and has richly provided for her eternal health and glory (Eph 4.7-16). He sustains the church through a well-ordered, humble, Spirit-wrought polity. The New Testament teaches and demonstrates that local church leadership should be entrusted to a plurality of qualified men who, though gifted differently, are equal in authority and responsibility. […]

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June 24, 2015

Why Your Church Should Have Elders (Part 3)


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Parts 1 and 2 introduced and briefly defended from Scripture that local church leadership is best entrusted to a plurality of qualified men who, though gifted differently, are equal in authority and responsibility.  Both the biblical vocabulary and pattern indicate the local church is best led by elders (a.k.a. overseers, bishops, pastors-shepherds) rather than solo pastors or […]

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June 23, 2015

Thursday Hymn Reflection: Afflicted Saint, to Christ Draw Near


Church Life, Hymns, Pastoral Ministry
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John Fawcett was converted as a 16-year-old in 1755 under the min­is­try of George White­field.  He became the pastor of Wainsgate Baptist Church in Yorkshire in 1764.  In 1772, he initially accepted the invitation to succeed the formidable John Gill at London’s Carter’s Lane Baptist Church and that at a substantially higher salary.  This was […]

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April 30, 2015

Avoiding Poimacide (Part 3)


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How can we reduce the “poimacide” rate (read Part 1) in modern church life?  In Avoiding Poimacide (Part 2) I suggested two areas churches must seriously and urgently consider to do so.  In this installment I offer three more. 3. Markeplace mentality.  The church-at-large must confess and repent from a systemic addiction to a marketplace mentality.  […]

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August 28, 2013

Avoiding Poimacide (Part 2)


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Previously on Blind Man’s Fancy: Poimacide (Part 1). Surveys show that 90% of pastors will not retire as pastors (see Poimacide (Part 1)).  Pastors do get burned out and found out, but most often get run out.  Most Western, affluent churches do not have a sterling track record of treating their pastors well for a […]

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August 27, 2013

Poimacide (Part 1)


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Our pastor reminded us last night about a harrowing statistic.  Only one in ten pastors will retire as pastors.  Read that again.  Nine out of ten pastors (90%) will leave vocational ministry and retire from some other career.  This statistic is part of broad research on the pastoral ministry, which references even more comprehensive research. […]

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August 26, 2013

Is Sunday Night Church Optional?


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In most (American?) churches that have a Sunday night assembly the attendance is substantially less than the Sunday morning attendance.  Many church members take it upon themselves to declare Sunday night optional for them.  Baptizing their decision in the name of “family time” is more likely football time, movie time, pool time or get-ready-for-work time.  […]

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August 14, 2013