#1 Governance Rule for the Elder Board Plus 9 Other Rules

THE GOVERNANCE ROLE OF THE ELDER BOARD I’m not addressing the biblical qualifications or the biblical spiritual duties of the elders other than the one task of overseeing, that is, the practical governance of the church.  The general responsibility of oversight as “overseers” is not biblically spelled out with much specificity as how that is to be done, so wisdom is vital when getting definitive with governance.   Assumptions:(1)The board is comprised of the lead pastor who is the “leader among equals” much like James in the Jerusalem church (Acts 15) and a plurality of unpaid lay elders.(2)The lead pastor is called to his role by the congregation and accountable to the lay elders on the board after his calling.(3)The lay elders are approved by…

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THE #1 BIBLICAL REASON TO BELONG TO A LOCAL CHURCH PLUS 3 OTHERS

#1 Local church membership identifies the true body (1) responsible for approving the church LEADERSHIP,(2) potentially able to serve in church LEADERSHIP, and(3) who have placed themselves under the spiritual authority of the church LEADERSHIP.   Acts 6:1-4 “choose seven men from among you who are known to be full of the Spirit and wisdom Acts 15:22 “the apostles and elders, with the whole church, decided to choose some of  their own men” Acts 20:28  “Keep watch over yourselves and all the flock of which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers.” Hebrews 13:17 “Have confidence in your leaders and submit to their authority, because they keep watch over you as those who must give an account. Do this so that their work will be…

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The #1 WEAKNESS IN SERMON PREPARATION PLUS 9 MORE

The #1 WEAKNESS IN SERMON PREP 1.. Lack of Humble Dependency in Earnest Solitude PRAYER.   9 MORE WEAKNESSES IN SERMON PREP   2.. Lack of a Foundation of Sound Biblical INTERPRETATION.  3.. Lack of understanding of the culture and people in order to RELATE.  4.. Lack of a Goal of Life Change APPLICATION. 5.. Lack of From-the-Heart Authentic PASSION.  6.. Lack of Captivating, Clarifying, and Concise ILLUSTRATIONS.  7.. Lack of a “speaking the truth in love” BALANCE.  8.. Lack of a Firm Weekly Message Preparation SCHEDULE.  9.. Lack of Adherence to an Efficient Message Preparation PLAN. 10.. Lack of an Annual Preaching CALENDAR.

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MY #1 FAVORITE QUOTE ON PREACHING PLUS MANY MORE

MY #1 FAVORITE QUOTE ON PREACHING  “A man who first tried to guess ‘what the public wants,’ and then preached that as Christianity because the public wants it, would be a pretty mixture of fool and knave.” –C.S. Lewis MANY OTHER FAVORITE QUOTES OF MINE ON PREACHING  “Preach the word; be prepared in season and out of season; correct, rebuke and encourage—with great patience and careful instruction.” –The Apostle Paul “I preached as never sure to preach again, and as a dying man to dying men.” –Richard Baxter “I have never once feared the devil, but I tremble every time I enter the pulpit.”  –John Knox “Preaching improves me. When I begin to speak, weariness disappears; when I begin to teach, fatigue too disappears. Thus…

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