This blog is nothing if not eclectic. Sometimes I fear that truly important things may get lost amidst the discussion of favorite music, funny videos, and such.
In case it was “lost in the shuffle,” I don’t know that I’ve made many posts more important to healthy churches than one I made several weeks ago, “Pastor, Get Out of the Way.” Thankfully, it’s sparked a number of conversations among young guys that are hungry for an intentionally biblical philosophy of ministry—”why we do what we do.” Outside of getting the gospel right, what could be more important than understanding our pastoral responsibilities?
For those interested in pursuing the topic further, this very brief and fairly informal description of biblical offices from TCBC may be of help: Office Definitions (pdf). It’s a pregnant statement that would be worth unpacking in time, but it’s a start. And, of course, Mark Dever’s Nine Marks of a Healthy Church and The Deliberate Church are must-reads. I’d also recommend Alexander Strauch’s Biblical Eldership and The New Testament Deacon, along with Bill Hull’s The Disciple Making Pastor, which was tremendously influential on the “every member ministry” and “decentralized leadership” burdens of TCBC.
Give the office synopsis a read. Think about it. Improve upon it. Respond here if you’d like. But implement it, by God’s grace—especially if you’re getting ready to plant a church! It’s more than a matter of church polity. It’s a biblical strategy that has implications for all of church life.
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