Field Notes – 12/2/M
Last Sunday’s Songs at Banstead Community Church: 1) All creatures of our God and King; 2) Behold our God; 3) The mystery of the cross; 4) O King (Psalm 45); 5) My hope is built on nothing less (Cornerstone).
“We live in a Genesis 3 world, with a Psalm 23 guide, a John 3:16 love, a Romans 1:16 power, and a Revelation 21 future.” (Dan DeWitt)
“Spiritual shepherding would be a walk in the park…
…except for the sheep…
…and the wolves…
…and the wilderness…
… and the shepherd.”
“Pastor, you will not give an account to God for your followers, but for your flock. When it comes to your time and energy and prayers, prioritise them.” (Matt Smethurst)
“The fundamental need for elders to know their flock has not changed…
[It] will require, the elders to know how to ask good questions, questions such as:
What contributes most to your spiritual growth?
How would you like to grow as a believer in the coming year? Are there some spiritual goals that I can help you work toward?
What are your biggest fears? Struggles?
What areas of the church are you engaged in? How has the church affected your walk as a believer? What has been helpful? What has been detrimental?
Is there anyone that you are evangelizing right now? Tell me about your involvement in Bible reading, prayer, and giving to the church. Do you want to see some growth in any of these areas?
How is your family? What joys or concerns do you have with them?
How can the elders pray for you?”
“A question any church should ask is not ‘Are we growing numerically?’, but ‘Are we growing God’s kingdom in terms of converts to Christ rather than just transfers?’ God isn’t interested in shuffling Christians around from one sheep pen to another, he wants us to save the lost!” (Colin Webster)