Tag: pastors

  • Three Keys to Effective Church Meetings (How to Have Great Church Assemblies)

    Today, our church had what I felt was a particularly good assembly. Considering some of our small group were absent, I found the feeling of its special effectiveness intriguing. In a small congregation, each person tends to be deeply valued and appreciated and, when they are absent, their absence tends to be more noticeable than…

  • Must Women be Silent in Church Meetings?

    Does the Bible teach that women must be silent during church meetings? Few topics can stir up as much emotional response among Christians as that of gender roles within the church. In this article, we examine what the Scriptures teach regarding women’s participation in church assemblies.

  • A Letter to Jesus (Asking Questions About Things I Don’t Understand)

    One day my heart was heavy, so I wrote the following thoughts as though I were writing to Jesus. I feel that, in time, GOD helped me better understand the answers to my concerns. If you’d like to understand the increased clarity I received, I explain in this series of posts. … Jesus, Where do…

  • For Whom Do Elders Have Responsibility? (Should Elders, Pastors and Bishops Have Authority Over a Congregation or a Geographic Area?)

    A key question when discussing the role of elders, pastors and bishops in Jesus’ church is: Which Christians does an elder / pastor / bishop have responsibility for overseeing, shepherding and leading? In other words, biblically speaking, how should we determine which souls an elder is responsible for? … Before continuing, there are 3 prior…

  • The Purpose of Elders, Pastors and Bishops in the Church

    I’ve previously shown from the Scriptures that elders, pastors and bishops referred to the same role in the apostolic church. The terms were interchangeable references to the same individuals. With that defined, and having looked at what the Old Testament and Jesus’ life can teach us about this role, in this post, I explain from the…

  • What Jesus Teaches Us about Shepherds (9 Qualities of Effective Pastors and Elders)

    The Prophets foretold Jesus’ shepherding of His flock, spiritual Israel (the church). Here is an example from Micah: 1 Marshal your troops now, city of troops, for a siege is laid against us.They will strike Israel’s ruler on the cheek with a rod.2 “But you, Bethlehem Ephrathah, though you are small among the clans of…

  • What the Old Testament Teaches Us about Shepherds

    We are in the midst of a study of the various roles GOD has placed within the church and we’re currently thinking about elders. As we progress, it’s important to keep in mind what we have already established: the overall purpose of the church is to help transform individuals be into the image of Jesus,…

  • Are Pastors, Bishops, and Elders the Same or Different Roles?

    As I continue writing about the various roles Jesus has placed within the church, we turn our attention toward the role of elders. Before we discuss the purpose of elders, there is a very significant question we must answer up front: Are the terms elders, presbyters, bishops, overseers, shepherds and pastors interchangeable in Scripture, or…

  • The Origin of the Pulpit

    In the context of discussing the role of evangelists within the church, it is essential that we differentiate between biblical evangelism and other practices or traditions. This post is part of my ongoing attempts to separate what is from what should be. The term “pulpit” is frequently used today when discussing church meetings and church…

  • The Purpose of the Various Roles in the Church (And Why GOD Gave These Roles)

    What roles exist within Jesus’ church? Why did GOD create these specific roles? Before diving into these questions, let me provide some context… This post is a continuation of thoughts regarding the big picture of Christian life and Jesus’ church. If you’re joining in the middle of this journey, I’d encourage you to start here:…