Field Notes – 6/11/M
Last Sunday’s Songs at Banstead Community Church: 1) Holy, Holy, Holy, Lord God Almighty; 2) All I have is Christ; 3) He will hold me fast; 4) There is a higher throne; 5) Be Thou my vision.
“Prayer by the pastor during the service is particularly strategic.
It has the effect of discipling the congregation in how to pray.
Identify areas where you would like to see your church grow and make them matters of pastoral prayer.
Identify real life needs in the church and then pray for them.
Anchoring our prayers in the Bible and the assembly will help reinforce what we as a church are to be and do.”
“The call is important. So that when the pressure is on, you can say it is God who has called me to do this work and I must be obedient to His calling. If God calls you to do something, He will equip and enable you to do that ministry.” (Bill James)
Four pitfalls for a pastor to guard against based on The Modesto Manifesto of Billy Graham.
- Financial — What steps can we put in place to guard against financial compromise, greed, and jealousy?
- Sexual — What are my greatest sexual temptations? Who knows about them?
- Ego — How can I avoid the temptations of pride and abuse of power in ministry?
- Criticism — How can I champion other gospel ministries, rather than criticise them?
Now available: Progress: Lifelong growth for gospel workers by Adrian Reynolds, the next book in the FIEC Ministry Journeys series.