One of the greatest joys of my life is training young men and women in the ministry through West Coast Baptist College. It is a privilege to make a joint investment in what parents, home pastors, teachers, and others have already poured into our students’ lives.
It seems that wherever I travel to preach (including foreign mission fields), I am either preaching for or meeting with WCBC alumni who are faithfully serving the Lord in that area. I so appreciate the labor of our graduates and the spirit with which they serve.
In just a few short weeks, the graduating class of 2017 will also be scattered around the world spreading the gospel of Christ. In a senior chapel service this past Wednesday, I shared with our seniors what we pray to see in their lives as they graduate. (You can watch a video clip here.) Although not every graduate of any college follows in the tradition they have been taught, I thank the Lord for these commitments I see in the lives of our alumni and their ministries:(more…)
My generation tends to think of a strong spiritual leader as someone who is authoritative and able to administrate from a position of command. Indeed, we see leaders like this throughout the Bible—Joshua, Nehemiah, perhaps Paul.
Millennials, however, have a greater tendency to see a strong spiritual leader as someone who is relationally connected and able to persuade from a position of understanding.
Sometimes, for all the chatter about generational preferences, we forget that the Bible not only has examples of both kinds of leaders, but it also teaches all of us to develop in both areas.
Perhaps no area of a spiritual leader’s life demonstrates his Christlikeness or fleshliness like his relationships. (more…)
In part 1 of this post, we looked at five characteristics of a healthy church:
A Biblical Purpose
A Spiritual Passion
An Uncompromised Position
An Endowment of Power
A Growing Leadership
In part 2, we’ll look at five final characteristics:
6. A Transparent Policy
There’s a lot of talk in our day about transparency. Some of it is just talk in which people try to create an illusion of transparency where there is none. But biblical Christianity is transparent and free of guile. (more…)
We know that God is more interested in the spiritual health of a church than its numeric growth. A spiritually thriving church will be reaching people with the gospel and seeing people added to the church, but a church focused only on growth may be seeing people added without true conversion or spiritual maturity.
But what does a healthy church look like? What are its defining characteristics?
No church “arrives” in spiritual maturity. Even as we as individual Christians must guard our hearts against coldness to the Lord or backsliding, so entire churches can become lukewarm spiritually. (See Revelation 3:14–16.) (more…)