Field Notes – 10/12/S
“Pastors must be constantly analysing every aspect of their ministry with a critical eye. This is not micro-managing, but ensuring that every aspect of the ministry is best positioned to make more disciples.” (Micah Mathis)
“Here are 9 questions I am asking myself heading into 2018.”
- What are my roles?
- What two changes will make the biggest difference?
- What two things do I need to stop doing?
- How am I going to grow in God’s Word?
- What relationships do I need to prioritise?
- What books am I going to read?
- What will I wish I had don when 2019 begins?
- When am I going to take a break?
- How should I adjust my daily rhythms?
“Do not ride the roller coaster of attendance.
One week, your numbers are exciting. Two weeks later, it looks like the building is empty.
At times like these, you may begin to question your ministry effectiveness.
Rather than walking along the shaky path of attendance, it seems easier to focus on the faithful saints who are present. If they have been taught accurately and they believe what has been taught, despite small numbers, you have a faithful lot who are there to receive the word and sacraments, as well as praise God in prayer and song and have fellowship one with another.
Thank God for the ones who are present; thank God for the ones who are absent.”
“I’m all for friendship evangelism but if we ONLY reach our friends with the gospel then our churches will ONLY ever look like us + the circles that we move in + church should be way more glorious than that. Church is where strangers, oddballs + even enemies become our family!” (Dai Hankey)
The latest issue of the theological journal Foundations from Affinity is out now.