I now come to the final blog post of my series on youth ministry as a mirror for your church. Thus far, my thesis has been: when you look at the youth ministry of your church, that should give you a good idea what is going on in the rest of your church. So when you wander down the hall to Sunday school or show up on a Wednesday night or join a youth small group, you are going to find out what is most important to a church because those values have made their way into the youth ministry. In other words, if you have excellent Bible-teaching, Word-driven music, a maturity of leadership, and a heart for evangelism (all four I have already discussed here and here), then you can rest assure that the rest of your church is following the same pattern.… Continue reading
Two weeks ago, I began a series to help you know if you are in a good church. There are many ways you could approach knowing if you attend a good church, but I find the most compelling way is to look where no one wants to look: the youth ministry. What goes on in youth ministry is what goes on in “big church.”
We have already looked at a good youth ministry (and therefore a good church) will have Bible Teaching and have Biblically-Driven Music. Today I want to consider two more:
3. Maturity of Leadership
There are a lot of bad youth leaders serving in youth ministry.… Continue reading
In Exemplary Spiritual Leadership author and pastor Jerry Wragg takes on the notion of much of modern evangelicalism in the realm of what characteristics and qualifications a man must possess in order to be a leader within the Church. The entire tome works to explain the differences between what God demands and what the world seeks in a leader. In the conclusion Wragg offers the following definition of leadership,
“It is the God-given ability to influence others through the power of a godly life and the wisdom gained in the practice of truth.” (p. 144).
From an experiential perspective, this is perhaps the best definition of the term as it applies to the Church I have come across so far in my Christian walk.… Continue reading
“Come and listen to a story ‘bout a man named Jed,…”1 Well, not really; rather come and read a story about God’s grace and how it is visible in the history of my local church. By the way, I just want to go on record up front as saying that my local church is the absolute best church anywhere. I know you may disagree and frankly I hope you do because I really hope you think your local church is the best church anywhere!
Over the last few weeks I’ve addressed been trying to help address a biblical model of church government. I hope it isn’t a passé issue to you. Having a right church polity is extremely important to the health of the church, which is why I’ve taken up three whole posts to cover the subject. The Reformer John Knox, after who’s grave this blog is named, argued rightly that a church without proper order can accomplish nothing:
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As the Word of God is the life and soul of this Church, so this godly order and discipline is as it were sinews in the body, which knit and join the members together with decent order and comeliness… it is an order left by God unto His Church.