Trainee Pastor Programme at Banstead Community Church – Week 11
Friday (10/11): EverGreen [seniors’ ministry]
Saturday (11/11): Day Off
Sunday (12/11): Morning & Evening Services at Banstead Community Church
Monday (13/11): Study Day
Tuesday (14/11): Kids Zone [after-school club]
Wednesday (15/11): Lunchtime Bible Club at Junior School
Thursday (16/11): Jelly Tots [parents and toddler group] // Weekly discussion with Pastor // Time To Think [evangelistic Bible study at local cafe]
#1 – Listen to Pastoral Theology Lectures 12 & 13 taught by Tom Ascol and produce an outline of each talk; noting down any particular highlights, any questions or points of clarification; and personal applications.
#2 – Reflect on what the implications of the mark of the church being “catholic” is for the life of the church.
#3 – Reading Assignment: Church Planting is for Wimps by Mike McKinley.
#4 – Sermon Preparation on Galatians 2:11-21.
#5 – Prepare Kids Talk on 1 Samuel for Kids Zone [after-school club].
#6 – Prepare Bible teaching on John 3:1-21 for EverGreen [seniors’ ministry].
#7 – Prepare to take service in a local care home.
What we discussed this week?
- There are times for pastors to move on. When/why?
- Thoughts on pastor leaving for bigger church?
- What kind of opposition do you face as a pastor? How do you combat it?
- If accommodation is not a matter of doctrine but taste, whose preference should you go with?
- Do you think it’s true that a pastor faces more spiritual opposition?
- Wise practice for meeting with women.
- How did you learn to preach?
- Do you see anything good in the church growth movement?
- Does Banstead have a ‘culture’ – how do you assess it?
- General thoughts on contextualisation.
- Keller says boring sermons are caused by lack of contextualisation. Do you think he’s right? What else causes boring sermons? How do you preach to people with such varied backgrounds and attention spans?
- How do you assess what is a troubling lack of holiness in a Christian or church? Shouldn’t our holiness be a distinctive?
- What do you think about the idea that we need more churches in the city?
- The place of aesthetics in church – layout, graphics.
- Are there helpful ways of getting a church ‘shared experiences’?
- Do church plants in the UK experience the same ‘organic growth’ that churches in the US experience?
- What to do about people hopping churches to the new/trendy one?!
(Photo: Cpl. Sarah Dietz)