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Fimily Night 4
God so wants to bless us, our families, and our churches, but we must choose to obey His Word. It is not sacrificing ourselves or our families that makes us better ministers for Christ; it is doing the will of God in our life. 1 Samuel 15:22-23
God even gives pastors warning not to be flippant or irresponsible about putting people in leadership positions.
1 Timothy 3:5
(for if a man does not know how to rule his own house, how will he take care of the church of God?);
In 1 Timothy 3:10 it says, But let these also first be tested; then let them serve as deacons, being found blameless.
“…first be tested…” means a season of faithful obedience in tending to and fulfilling the will of God in these specific areas.
The pastor has the authority and has been charged by God to disciple his leadership. Those sheep whom the Lord has given unique gifts to edify the body must first be discipled and given a season to implement and walk in obedience. It is so important that the pastor exhorts his leadership to see these instructions as priorities that need to be implemented in their life – not just suggestions. Our obedience or lack of has a significant effect upon the ministry God has called us to.
Proverbs 13:13
He who despises the word will be destroyed, But he who fears the commandment will be rewarded.
It is common for pastors to meet with some opposition when they begin doing this with their leadership. Some feel threatened and others feel it is unnecessary because they feel or believe they don’t need any help in these areas. As a pastor, reassure them the reason why you are doing this is 1Timothy 3:1-12 and Titus 2:7. As leaders, their very lives are affecting the body of Christ and when they have an opportunity to give advice, disciple or counsel someone, as the pastor, you want to make sure they are giving the Word and not their own opinion.
When new people wish to become involved in church leadership, either the pastor or another leader he designates should disciple these people through the material and allow a season for implementation in their home before bringing them on as part of the church leadership (see Minister Application). If they are not married or do not have children, maybe a music leader or youth pastor, they still need to be discipled so they know the will of God in these areas. Today much of the church’s approach in this area is reactionary, after the crisis has occurred. Ideally, discipleship is more about prevention, not intervention.
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