This Week in Ministry: Practical Tips for Being Faithful
There are things a pastor can control and manage, and then there are things that must be trusted to God. Drawing those lines can be difficult in ministry because we trust that God will guide the church, but this week’s ministry briefing offers some practical tips for church leaders who want to be responsible and faithful while trusting God to provide for them. First, the bad news. The latest report from the Southern Baptist Convention notes that America’s largest Protestant denomination has declined for the ninth year in a row. This is linked to both losing young people and failing to evangelize effectively. Two church history experts at Baylor University believe that struggles with evangelism and political affiliations are both large parts of the denomination’s decline. While SBC leaders are calling on their members to become more active in evangelizing, perhaps the most progress has been made in shifting the SBC away from its close ties to the Republican party that have made it difficult to evangelize in some cases. Over the past year a movement of SBC leaders called for a renewed commitment to keep political leaders out of SBC events targeting pastors. In light of the need to focus on evangelism, Thom Rainer of LifeWay predicts that evangelism pastors will be the next major hiring trend for the church in the coming years. An evangelism pastor can make sure that evangelism becomes a central part of church events and ministry, keeping it from falling through the cracks and better coordinating with other ministries. Evangelism needs to happen personally, in large events, and online, and having one central person to prioritize evangelism can prove a tremendous help for many churches. While church growth and evangelism are practices that we trust with God, putting people into intentional positions will help churches move forward in faith. While churches can’t control the outcome of evangelism and church membership decisions, they can control who appears on stage and what their staff members know about copyright laws and appropriate behavior. Hillsong NYC found out the hard way that church leaders will be held accountable for what their staff members do, whether that conduct has been planned and approved or not. Find this story interesting? It’s just one of dozens of stories great leaders are reading about this week in Ministry Briefing! All readers of my blog can get the next four issues of Ministry Briefing for just $1!
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