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Jump Start # 1816

Jump Start # 1816

John 10:10 “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly.”

The abundant life. We just completed a series at my home congregation based upon this passage. It revolved around our theme for the year, “Life, the way it was meant to be.” For a dozen weeks we have looked in detail at just what Christianity looks like. It’s more than just sitting in a church building on Sunday. Everywhere we go, we are Christians. We never turn it off. It is never out of place. It affects our choices. It affects how we use our money. It is seen in what we do for fun. It is illustrated by what we do at home. It changes how we view death.

 

Before the first sin, God made Adam and Eve in the garden. It was called Paradise. They had a rich relationship with the Lord. This was not a place that they found Googling. This was a home, an environment and a world designed specifically for them by God. This is how God wanted it to be. Sin changed all of that. Because of sin, man lost the ideal that God created. Because of sin, man settled for other things. He opted for easier and cheaper alternatives than what God offered. And here we are. Most of us are not living life the way it was meant to be. We are plagued with worry. We are miserable. We complain. We fuss and fight at home, in traffic and at work. We want, but we are not sure what we want. We don’t know contentment. Church services become a form of spiritual spankings to remind us how bad we are. Days quickly turn into weeks, which become months and then years fly by. We are so busy that we don’t have time for meaningful relationships. Our social skills have fallen to a few abbreviated text messages throughout the day.

 

One must wonder, “Is this it?” Or, “Is this as good as it gets?” Are we living as God intended? Jesus not only came to give live, but He came to give it abundantly. Eternal life—living forever, is not found in medical science but in a promise of God. To live, really live, is not to escape responsibilities of life. It is not to live without rules. It’s not to live dangerously or foolishly. It is to live in Christ Jesus. Eternal life is found in Christ. He is the resurrection and the life. I am Life—stated in John 11 and in John 14. Anything other than this, will never be the life that God intended for you to live. To say, “I am a man but God intended for me to be a woman,” is foolish and without any Biblical basis. To say, “God may me Homosexual,” is foolish and without any Biblical basis. Life the way it was meant to be, is never going to be found in ignoring what God says. It’s not gong to be found in living selfishly or indifferently, especially to the Lord.

 

Life, the way it was meant to be, is a life of spiritual choices. It is not settling for the quick and easy. It is seeing the big picture. It is looking at things spiritually. It is reflected in decisions that look at consequences, faith, and eternity. Our choices shape the life that we life.

 

So, we begin with the question that every senior in high school is asked, “What do you want to do after high school?” That’s a tough question for an 18 year-old. Many want to just play video games. They haven’t thought about all those deep things. Making money is high on the list. Make money so I can buy stuff. And so the student is guided into fields that produce money. His passion may not be in those things, but he has been told that’s where the money is. If he can play sports, he’s pushed that direction. College ball. Pro ball. Super star. MVP. Proud dads standing beside these young athletes often signing their names to the devil as a life of ungodliness, immorality and obscene arrogance surrounds the superstar. Where’s God in these decisions? Like Lot, long ago, the fields near Sodom look good. He lost a wife and his daughters made wrong choices. The fields were good for his livestock but terrible for his soul. Peter tells us that Lot’s righteous soul was vexed every day by the things he saw and heard. Will that be your son or daughter in a college dorm? Will their soul be vexed by what they see and hear or will they not be bothered at all? Will they be a part of that?

 

Next, comes the important decision of who they date and later who they marry. “He’s a good guy,” does not describe high spiritual fiber. He may be good with fixing the car. He may be good at making your daughter laugh. He may be good at making money. But will he join her on the spiritual journey to Heaven? Has there been any discussions, interest during the dating process? Will he be in bed on Sunday mornings as she tries to get the kids ready for church by herself? Will the kids beg to stay home like daddy does? Will he plead for your daughter not to go to church on Wednesday evenings? The marriage will never be as God intended it to be as long as one part of it does not follow Christ. He may be a good man until he dies, but it will never be what God wanted it to be.

 

Next, comes the decision of where we will live. So often, if the college choice was made without any thought to finding a thriving congregation, this decision will follow. The job may take you far away from God’s people. It may place you near some dying congregation that is so discouraging that you just give up. Oh, the house is fine. Big. Fancy. Newest stuff. Big TV. Lots of storage. But where’s God?

 

What happens next, living without God, things start to slip. Words are said that never were said before. Questionable things do not seem so questionable any more. Alcohol finds it’s way into the home and lifestyle. Happy. Busy. Lots of friends. But living without God.

 

One day, one of the parents die. You travel back home for the funeral. You decide to drop in to the church that was a part of your parents life. Oh, the memories it brings back. There are faces you still remember. The preaching is good. The singing warms your heart. There is something that you have long forgotten about, your soul. For a few days, you think about your parents choices in life. You think about where they are now, after they have died. You wonder about yourself. But, it’s back to your world. Your job calls you back. You jump back in and these pleasant memories are forgotten.

 

And one day, it’s your turn. Your death. Your are remembered by your kids. Your accomplishments are praised. You are missed as a good person. Your kids, having grown up without God, assume, that your journey has ended. You are gone. The End. But it’s not. There is never a “The End” to our story. To your horror, you learn that your parents were right. You learn too late, that just being good isn’t enough. You have lived without God and now, by your own choices, you will live forever without God.

 

All of this takes us back to the thought that God has a life that He wants you to live. Life, the way that it was meant to be, is a life that surrounds God. Every attitude. Every decision. Every choice. They are all made with thoughts of God and our relationship with Him. Will this person, will this job, will this town be such that helps me get closer to God or not?

 

Life, the way it was intended to be, is not without struggles, trials and pain. It is not without sin. We will sin. But, it is a life that bounces back. Instead of justifying the sin, it seeks the mercy of God and looks at why the wrong and cheap choice was made.

 

We can live better than what we are. We can do better than what we are doing.

 

Are you living your life the way that it was meant to be? Are you living your life the way God intended it to be? Why not?

 

Roger

 

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Jump Start # 1815

Jump Start # 1815

1 Peter 3:8 “To sum up, all of you be harmonious, sympathetic, brotherly, kindhearted and humble in spirit; not returning evil for evil or insult for insult, but giving a blessing instead; for you were called for the very purpose that you might inherit a blessing.”

“To sum up,” begins this lengthy passaged that is loaded with expressions of how we as Christians are to treat others. What Peter is summing up are relationships. Midway through chapter two Peter addresses the relationship that the Christian has with the government. There, the word is be submissive. He then moves on to the servant-master relationship. There, the word is be submissive. Be submissive to those who are unreasonable. Peter reminds us of Christ and how when suffering, He uttered no threats. No only did Christ die for us, but He left us footprints, or an example to follow when it comes to suffering.

 

Peter’s not done. The third chapter begins with the husband and wife. “In the same way,” this section begins. In what same way? Just as servants were to be to unreasonable masters, wives were to be to unreasonable husbands. The word there is submissive. Peter then moves to the husbands. You husbands, “in the same way.” There is that phrase again. In what way? Just as servants, just as wives, so husbands are to treat their wives, even if they are unreasonable.

 

Then comes our verse. “To sum up” – all these relationships. All these situations. Many of them, very difficult. A servant who had a cruel master, couldn’t just walk away and find another job. It didn’t work that way back then. He had to make the best of it by living as Christ did. He may endure cruel treatment, which we’d quickly announce as being unfair and not right, but there was little he could do.

 

What he was not to do was “return evil for evil, or insult for insult.” He was to be humble. He was to be kind. He was to be harmonious, sympathetic. This is the “summing up” that Peter was driving at.

 

I feel that to a degree, we get this and see this when we discuss the servant and master relationship. This makes for good discussion in Bible classes. It’s mostly talk and theory to us. We don’t face these same things today. We are not that kind of servants in this society. But Peter doesn’t leave his thoughts with the servant and master. He moves on to the home. It is here that “in the same way,” and “to sum up” apply. Now, it’s not theory and mere words. Now we look at our situation and now we are faced with living as Peter directs or we stand behind the complaint, “it’s not fair.”

 

There are several young couples that I know that are struggling in their marriages. Some have already given up and gotten a divorce. Many of these couples have been married for less than five years. Trouble. Hardship. Tons of tears. Some of these couples are not united in faith. A Christian married someone who wasn’t a Christian. They never got on the same page. Others, are believers, but wrong choices, mixed up expectations, a lack of patience, a lack of Christ and the marriage has already started coming apart at the seams. For some, it’s over even before it barely started. Trouble in paradise. Insults were passed between them. Name calling. Finger pointing. The foundation of marriage chipped away until one day someone suggests the “D” word, “Divorce.” The leading cause behind this is “I’m no longer happy.”

 

Satan has used happiness to sell his cheap goods and to dangle his fake trinklets before our eyes. Be happy. Everyone lived happily ever after. Even in church we sing, “I’m happy today, oh, yes, I’m happy today…” and there sits some of us, and we aren’t happy. All we can think about is how miserable, trapped and unhappy we are. The faults of our mate loom large in our minds. All we see is how disappointing our mate is. All around us, at work, in the movies, our friends, remind us that we deserve better. We deserve to be happy. The powder keg of injustice, unfairness and their lack of attention to the marriage builds and builds until we finally explode. No more. I’m out, or you are out. I’m done with this. And the marriage falls apart. Words are said, that may never be able to be overcome or healed. And the marriage falls apart.

 

Peter’s words, “In the same way,” illustrates for us that he is dealing with marriages that are unreasonable, just like servants endured from their master. You won’t find Peter telling a couple to look for the exit door. Christ suffered and never uttered threats in return. Servants are to be subject to unreasonable masters. Peter wants us, including couples, to be harmonious—that’s the word for harmony. Stop singing a solo. Stop going your own way. Work together. Bend where you can. It’s not all about you nor always having your way. You are singing together. Be sympathetic—feel what the other one is going through. How would you like to receive the treatment that you have been dishing out? What’s the other one going through. Don’t try to “one-up” their trials or pain. Maybe the job stinks. Maybe there are problems with the parents. Sympathize. Feel. Care. Compassion. We sing the song, “Does Jesus care?” And we know that He does. What we wonder is, “does my mate care?” Or, maybe we ought to ask, “Do I care?” Be sympathetic.

 

Brotherly is the next word. That’s the word that we use to describe our relationship with other Christians. We are family. We are connected. We trust. We care. We support. We are brothers. That fits in a marriage.

 

Kindhearted—be kind. Be kind from the inside out. Kind words. Kind deeds. Kind people do nice things for others. Kind people don’t have any room to be selfish. Usually when the marriage is coming off the tracts, kindness is one of the first things to go. We don’t feel kind. We feel hurt. Be kind.

 

Humble in spirit. Kill the pride. You are not perfect nor have you done everything right. In a marriage, the faults of the other are so glaring that we tend not to see our own. Be humble. Listen.

 

Then Peter says, don’t insult. Don’t do evil. Give a blessing. Give a blessing to unreasonable masters. Give a blessing to unreasonable mates. Remember, Jesus prayed for the salvation of His executioners.

 

Satan can weaken the church by chipping away at our marriages. Satan can get to us through our marriages. He wants to destroy our congregations. He wants to destroy our marriages. But mostly, he wants to destroy us. Troubles in marriage is hard on our faith. Parents don’t understand. It’s hard. It’s time we step up, change ourselves and remind ourselves that we made a promise to God and we are going to keep it. It doesn’t always work out that easily. For some, they want out no matter what. They have little regard for God and His ways. That is tragic.

 

I tend to think that we need a bit more “in the same way,” and “to sum up,” in our hearts and disposition.

 

May God help you. May you invite God’s help into your hearts and homes.

 

Roger

 

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Jump Start # 1814

Jump Start # 1814

Philippians 2:25 “But I thought it necessary to send to you Epaphroditus, my brother and fellow worker and fellow soldier, who is also your messenger and minister to my need”

The last two Jump Starts have explored the working relationships between elders and preachers. There is a special relationship and bond that is shared among them. They are after the same things. Together, through encouragement, teaching, example and influence are trying to build up the body of Christ. Their goal is a strong church. Wonderful things come from a strong church. Worship seems more passionate coming from a strong church. The care among the members seems more genuine coming from a strong church. It’s harder for the devil to get a foothold in a strong church. Teachers, future leaders seem to be easier to find within a strong church.

 

Strong churches do not just happen. They are not based upon size. I’ve seen large churches, that were weak and indifferent. I’ve seem small churches that were powerful. But I’ve also see the opposite. I’ve seen small churches that were dead and large churches that were thriving, touching lives and making a difference.

 

What makes a strong church? Everyone wants to be a part of a strong church, but how does it happen?

 

First, it doesn’t just happen. It has nothing to do with location, size, or the building. It has everything to do with hearts, faith and putting the Lord first. Strong churches come from strong families and strong personal lives. What happens outside of the church building is an indication of the strength of the church. Are folks playing around? Are they flirting with the devil? Are they feeding their souls? Are they being serious about their commitment to Christ?

 

Second, strong churches are made up of strong families. Marriages that are solid, spiritual and helping each other and those around them. Children that are being raised to know the Lord and to stand with God’s people. You can’t build strong churches from weak families. Families making wise spiritual choices. Families that are thinking about the Lord in all that they do. This becomes the backbone of strong churches.

 

Third, strong churches are built upon solid teaching of God’s word. The Bible is taught. Many circle around the Bible, much like Joshua marching around Jericho, around and around they went, until they finally went in and conquered it. For some, they never go in. They talk about superficial things. They talk about pop psychology. They talk about issues that do not bring about much change nor commitment. Strong faith comes from strong teaching of God’s word. The hood is raised on passages. Intense applications are made. Practical, relevant and useful teaching of God’s word becomes the backbone of a strong church. Strong churches don’t chase the latest fads. They don’t spend time discussing things that does not matter. They see issues as they really are. They make adjustments to deal with current situations and problems and find Biblical answers and Biblical ways to address these problems.

 

Fourth, strong churches work together. This is where our passage fits in today. Paul was sending one of his trusted co-workers, Epaphroditus, to help the Philippians. Paul described this brother as a “fellow worker” and a “fellow soldier.” He wasn’t the Savior. He wasn’t a superhero. He wasn’t going to fix all of their problems. He wasn’t to come in and do everything for them. He was a worker, a “Fellow-worker.” This is the key element of a strong church. Strong churches work like a team. They have different levels of talent, all of them are used. They have folks who are good at one thing and others who are good at another thing. Together, like a team, these members pull together and do what they can. There isn’t time nor room for jealously. There isn’t time nor room for pride. There isn’t someone who tries to run the whole show. There isn’t someone who gets their feelings hurt because they didn’t get a shout out from the pulpit. There isn’t someone who thinks it has to be done their way or else they will leave. None of that is found nor fits in a strong church. There are attitudes that reflect Christ. It isn’t about them, but the glory of God.

 

Paul was sending Epaphroditus, one of many that he had as fellow servants. There was Timothy and Ttus. There was Luke and Apollos. There was Silas. There was Fortunatus and Stephanas. Paul chose Epaphroditus. He was proven. He was worthy. He would be a team player. Working with one another is a characteristic of a strong church. We have different talents. We have different strengths. We need each other. Strong churches recognize that. It’s not just the preacher that does it all. It’s not just the shepherds that do it all. Everyone pitching in. Everyone contributing. Everyone busy. Everyone doing what they can for the Lord. The best player is of little value if he is sitting on the sidelines. He needs to be engaged. He needs to be in the game. Someone pouting because they didn’t get their way isn’t the trademark of a strong church.

 

Fellow workers working—that’s the key of a strong church. As in so many organizations, as it is too often in the church, the few do the most and the most do little. It shouldn’t be this way. There’s enough to go around for everyone to be busy and contributing to the kingdom of God.

 

Working together—that’s the key. Your part, your faith, your commitment, either adds to the strength of the church or the lack of those things is just another reason why the church isn’t strong. You can’t have a strong church and weak members. You can’t have a spiritual church and worldly members. We want everyone else to get on board and make the church great and powerful. What about us? What are we doing? It begins at home. It begins with my choices, my faith, and my heart. It begins with me.

 

Roger

 

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Jump Start # 1813

Jump Start # 1813

Titus 1:5 “For I left you in Crete, that you would set in order what remains and appoint elders in every city as I directed you.”

Appointing elders—this was something that Paul wanted Titus to do. Congregations need qualified men to lead them. The American arrangement of “business meetings” isn’t ideal. It allows “unqualified” men to lead and set the direction of the congregation. It also sets the tone for a spirit of democracy and instead of a congregation following leaders, a congregation leads itself. On paper, that sounds like the best alternative when there are no elders, but what happens when a Laodicea, a lukewarm church, or a Sardis, a dead church, leads itself? There were just a few at Sardis that were walking with the Lord. Democracy there, would continue the path to the spiritual cemetery.

 

In our Jump Start yesterday, I wrote about what preachers want from their elders. That relationship is two way. I have in my 37 years of preaching worked with some fine men who served as elders. I have worked with some that should never have been elders. Today, I work with the most amazing group of elders that I have ever witnessed. I sent my elders an email yesterday and asked them to share some thoughts that they felt was important in the preacher-elder relationship. Specifically, I asked them, “What do elders want from a preacher.” This morning I share their thoughts. I encourage preachers across the land to take these words to heart. I encourage elderships to share these words in an open discussion with your preacher. The elders and the preacher works as a team. Together, great things can happen.

 

My elders wrote:

 

  1. To be connected to the congregation. There is so much more to the preacher’s work than what happens in the pulpit. The preacher needs to be engaged, building relationships, building trust so that he can influence with his teachings. This happens through personal studies, hospitality, investing time in the lives of the members. Elders gain great value on the spiritual status of the church family through the insights from the preacher’s involvement in the congregation.

 

  1. To be a learner. The congregation needs a preacher who is always seeking to study God’s Word and not be satisfied with where he is with God’s word. The congregation benefits by a preacher who pushes them to learn and this only happens when he pushes himself.

 

  1. To be applicable. Sermon after sermon on fornication to a congregation of senior citizens may not yield great benefits. Deeply using God’s word to bring applicability to where a congregation is in its spiritual journey is important.

 

  1. To be open. Elders benefit from a preacher that is transparent about where he is in his work. Some times we get tired and discouraged in our work. It’s no different for a preacher. It is helpful for preachers to talk to elders when they need their batteries recharged so we can work together.

 

  1. To be a partner. The shepherd’s work is to encourage the faithful to remain zealous, rescue the weak back to God’s word for strength and protection, and to feed the new Christians to become mature in God’s word. The elder cannot do this work effectively without the partnership of the preacher. The preacher’s work in the pulpit and in the Bible class, and the personal studies helps tremendously impact this effort.

 

  1. To be Scripturally sound and bold. Too many times in today’s church services, members think the preacher must be a ‘rock star’ for “church” to be interesting. Members sometimes act as though they are watching a TV show and want to grade the preacher’s style and approach like the judges do on The Voice. Is a well thought out, well organized , well delivered sermon important to make a connection to the audience? Absolutely! An elder will take a preacher who is rock solid in Bible soundness and boldness over a “rock star” presenter of fluff any day of the week.

 

  1. Additionally, the preacher needs to understand and respect the roles of the elder. He needs to understand   the differences in their work and instead of working against the elders, be a team player. The preacher needs to be the friend of the elders. Openness in communication and trust between them is essential.

 

That’s the thoughts from my elders. Awesome and amazing, just as I expected from them. It helps the relationship to spread some sugar around. The congregation needs to see and hear that the preacher and the elders not only get along with each other, but that they praise each other and are united. Just like kids do at home, there are times when some members will try to divide the preacher against the elders. They will try to work around and behind the scenes to get what they want. Don’t get into that mess. Support, defend, and back each other. Be united.

 

The preacher needs to listen to the elders. Too many of us do all the talking and we can be pushy and bossy at times. Just because you happen to be the one who gets paid to stand behind the pulpit, Mr. Preacher, it doesn’t mean you know the Bible better than anyone else. Those elders have years of experience and knowledge. It’s good to listen to them. They will help you grow.

 

I’d expect most preacher woes come from poor relationships with the elders. Developing real shepherds, not future CEO’s, is the work of the church. Teaching, showing and living God’s way is what we all must be doing.

 

File these articles. Keep them handy. Refer to them. Share them with future preachers and elders. Take a look at them once in a while and remind yourself what the relationship should be. Preachers often get together to study and talk and learn. It might be good for elders to do the same, even elders from different congregations. Learn from one another. We must move past the idea that “I don’t need to be taught.” That’s a dangerous spot for any of us to be in.

 

Things not going well down at the church house? Maybe these two articles, yesterday and today’s, can be a start that will open the lines of communication and help things get better. We want the kingdom to grow. We want folks to walk with the Lord. We want to fill Heaven up. When we all have that spirit, then we can roll up our sleeves and work together, side by side, just as the Lord intended.

 

Roger

 

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Jump Start # 1812

Jump Start # 1812

Titus 1:5 “For this reason I left you in Crete, that you might set in order what remains, and appoint elders in every city as I directed you”

Paul’s words to Titus are one of the few places that we find elders and preachers in the same context. The preacher Titus was to appoint elders in every city. This was by direction of the apostle. One wonders how Titus could do that. In far too many places today, no one is qualified and no one wants to do the work. Years pass, and the church limps along without elders. In some places, it’s been generations since elders were appointed. It may be that some of these appointed elders had special spiritual gifts, including “faith” that made them qualified. Having qualified elders is the design that God wants and it ought to be the goal of every congregation. A goal, not a mere wish. Plans to accomplish that goal and specific classes designed to get the men to see the great value of this work out to be a part of the teaching program. Teaching men the proper understanding of this role is important. Elders do not run the church—God does! They are not CEO’s of the corporation. They are shepherds among God’s flock. Their work is to tend to the sheep. Healthy, growing sheep is the goal of the shepherds.

 

Elders and preachers—there is a special relationship between the two. In some places that relationship is not healthy. Suspicion exists and secrets are held from each other and an atmosphere of trying to undermine the other is felt by the members. Poor relationships between the elders and the preacher is the cause for many preachers to leave.

 

Having said that, here are some things that preachers like to see from the eldership. This is from the preacher’s perspective. Don’t read between the lines here. I’m not jabbing at my guys. We have a beautiful, transparent, trusting relationship. But I know too many in other places that do not. So, what would a preacher like to see from the elders?

 

  1. Trust—not every thing said is a backhanded attack upon them. Believe in the preacher. He is gifted, experienced and knowledgeable. Allow him to do his work. Don’t handcuff him by trying to do his work. Compliment him when he does well. Support him. Defend him. Don’t allow the members to take cheap shots at the preacher and get away with it. Open the barn doors and allow him to preach and teach.

 

  1. Be a team—there are definite lines of differences between the preachers work and the elders work. But much too often, there are things that would help each other if the communication was better. Often people will come to the preacher with things before they come to the elders. The preacher knows things. He should not keep secrets from the elders, especially if it involves the spiritual well being of the members. That is the concern of the elders. Before a conversation begins, the preacher ought to tell a person, if what you are going to tell me affects spiritual things, the elders need to be informed about this. It helps the preacher’s work to know who the elders are working with. Sermons can be directed towards problems, questions that people have. Don’t fight against each other. Be on the same team. Help each other. Talk openly and freely. Share information. Help each other. Holding secrets indicates that there is a lack of trust.

 

  1. Create an inviting atmosphere for ideas and suggestions. The preacher often travels to other congregations and he may get some great ideas that would help out back home. If the elders are always limiting the preacher’s input or saying “no” to everything he suggests, then he will get greatly discouraged and feel like they do not trust him or are interested in what he is saying. Ideas also come from elders. The preacher needs to listen to their ideas and not think that he is the only source of good ideas.

 

  1. Personal attention—it’s nice once in a while for an elder to ask the preacher how he is doing. How are things at home? What can the eldership do to help his work? Just knowing that they care about you as a person is impressive. Good elderships know that if the preacher is troubled because of finances, worries or problems, it will taint the work that he does. The preacher who is true to his colors and humble will not take advantage of this. If he does, again, the trust factor will take a hit.

 

  1. Learning together—it’s great when the preacher and the elders have their own classes together. Study deeper topics and subjects that will help them do their work in the kingdom. Raising the bar on themselves will help the overall spirit and work of the congregation. Make a list of things that need to be studied out. Invite the preacher to lead some of those discussions. Learn from one another.

 

  1. Become friends—the relationship between elders and the preacher is not the same as in the work setting. You are brethren. You are in fellowship. You have hearts and a work that is united and tied together. The closer you become as friends, the better your relationship grows. Go out to eat and just get to know each other. Be in each other’s homes. Don’t always talk about the church and troubles and what needs to be done. Develop a friendship. Do things together. This will carry over into your work together.

 

Often there is an fear between the eldership and the preacher about the preacher leaving. Every time the preacher leaves town to preach, the eldership wonders if he is trying out at another church. The preacher often fears that if he says the wrong thing in the wrong way, he will be tossed out. That uneasiness is like walking on ice. Everyone is guarded and careful about what they say. No one ever reveals all the cards in their hands. This can be eliminated by both parties being open and honest. If the eldership likes their preacher, let him know that you want him to stay for the next decade or more. If the preacher likes what is going on, let the eldership know that he has no intention of leaving. Being honest, transparent puts everyone at ease.

 

The preacher and the elders. Their work is different but they still can and should work together as a team. Together, side by side, powerful things can happen. Fighting against each other, the congregation comes apart at the seams.

 

Share this article with your preachers and elders. Begin a healthy conversation about that special relationship that they ought to have. Good can come about when attitudes are right and the glory of God is what everyone is after.

 

Roger