Problems with People

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Problems with People addresses the problems a pastor will face, and finds the secret blessing in them for him, his ministry, and his people.

Problems with People

Problems with People
By David Cox

Any pastor that has been in the ministry for any length of time (a couple of years or so) will tell you that the ministry is fraught with problems. Many pastors take these problems personally, and the fight becomes a person to person confrontation. That is a quick recipe for pastor burnout and the stress-to-death syndrome.

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What is the purpose of a Sermon? Part 4 Curious or life change

By Pastor David Cox

Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4 (posts 5/1/20)

What is the purpose of a sermon? This is an extremely important question to answer as far as the philosophy going on in the preacher’s head before we talk about any specific sermon or sermon creation in general.

Are sermons simply information classes where people are informed about the Bible as a piece of literature? Or are sermons actually persuasive dialogs with the purpose of changing people’s moral character. — David Cox

In reality, the vast majority of preachers do not present their sermons as something that could or is designed intelligently and with craft and expertise to change moral character. If that is their purpose, then they fail miserably at that because most people hearing the sermon cannot discern what that call to action is in the sermon.

Within speech development and craft, the term “call to action” is used with the idea that the entire presentation has some kind of point to it, something that the speaker wants the hearer or reader to do after they finish their speech. In business, a call to action is that the speaker wants the buy something. In the sermon in a church, the preacher who is designing his sermon correctly is wanting the congregation to make a moral decision about something he is presenting in his sermon.

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Don’t Demonize your people

I have been a pastor for some 36 years now. Most of those years have been on the mission field, in a church that I worked starting (church planter). I have seen a lot of things both in my own work and in the many hundreds of churches that we have visited while on deputation. Let me explain what I mean by this post title (“Don’t demonize your people.”). Most commonly the pastor (and/or his wife) have problems with individuals in the congregation. This is ALWAYS going to happen. Want a perfect church? Run everybody off, and then resign, and that is about as close as you will get.

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Finding and contacting good potential candidates

Finding and contacting good potential candidates

Here some people would recommend going to your favorite Christian college first. I recommend against that as a first step. The first step should be looking inside your church before looking outside your church. By this I mean that the first choice for interviews should be your own church staff. I would recommend that you interview all the other pastors and assistant pastors and any “retired” pastors in the church membership. There may be good reasons why you do not want to interview or consider some of them, but they should be all examined by the Pulpit Committee before discarding them or going on the next steps.

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What to do after making contact with Pastoral Candidate

What to do after you make contact with a candidate

The best way to deal with a pastoral candidate is with being direct and having an abundance of information both from him, and given back to him. That means you need to supply the candidate with a lot of information about your church. Here a church history, recent events, and lots of photos help the pastor to know who you are. If you feel you do not want to “print up” so much information, open a page on some website with photos like flicker (free), and upload church photos of the people, the buildings, outings, etc.

It is good to have good candidates come to visit the church and talk with people. Probably the two best elements that pastoral candidates like is dealing with real people, and being in the information loop.

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