One of the passions of my life and of our church is worldwide missions. Over the past two weeks, I had the opportunity to take a ten-day missions trip to Asia and Australia, preaching in two conferences and ministering to hundreds of pastors and missionaries. It was a joy to see God’s work in other places.
Our trip began in Singapore where I preached and taught sessions at Spiritual Leadership Conference Asia. Niranjan Sundararaj, a godly businessman from Asia, did a tremendous job as conference coordinator in preparing the conference. Missionaries Terry Unruh (Sri Lanka) and Ray Crocker (Singapore) along with their wonderful congregations also invested much preparation into this time.
This conference was amazing in terms of how many people came and, especially, the nations represented. Pastors and Christian workers from seventeen countries, including many who minister in the 10/40 window, attended. A highlight was seeing several missionaries our church supports on the field and meeting many missionaries from Asia to other nations in Asia, including several “closed” countries. (more…)
You’ve heard it said: “Use the church to build people, not people to build the church.”
Of course, building people and building a church are not mutually exclusive. Both require partnering with Christ, the Master Builder, as He builds His church and His people.
In fact, it is as we build people that they develop the spiritual maturity to also serve as co-laborers with Christ, building His church. Developing this maturity is the job of spiritual leaders in the local church:
And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers; For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ:—Ephesians 4:11–12
But how? How specifically can we intentionally invest in people? In what ways do we need to build? (more…)
Today’s young people will be tomorrow’s leaders. So how do we develop them for local church ministry, and what qualities do we watch for? Furthermore, what traits do we look for in adults who will be serving in a leadership role in the local church?
In this Growth Points video, I suggest nine characteristics that should be developing in those whom God is developing for local church leadership. These nine characteristics are traits to both watch for and to mentor toward:
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This month’s interview is with Andrew and Amy Wolfenbarger, who graduated from WCBC in 2011, married shortly after graduation, and began serving in ministry together.
Andrew and Amy both exhibited a heart for ministry and servant leadership during their college years, and it is a joy to see the Lord’s hand of blessing on them in ministry.
In what ministry and role do you currently serve?
My wife and I are currently serving at Joshua Baptist Church in Joshua, Texas. About a year and a half ago, the church voted me in as the co-pastor, and I serve alongside my father in the preaching and counseling ministry of the church. My wife is serving part time as the financial secretary’s assistant and part time teaching several classes at our Christian school, Joshua Christian Academy. (more…)
What spiritual leader hasn’t drawn encouragement from Nehemiah 2:18?
Then I told them of the hand of my God which was good upon me; as also the king’s words that he had spoken unto me. And they said, Let us rise up and build. So they strengthened their hands for this good work.—Nehemiah 2:18
But for that encouragement to be more than an emotional boost, we need specific ways to put it into practice.
Just how does a person strengthen their hands?
There are many possibilities, but here are seven starters: (more…)