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What is the mission of the church? (part 1)

You may be surprised to know that this is a hotly debated subject in Christian circles. One would assume that church leaders would be more united in answering this vital question.

Why does the church exist?

What is the church’s primary goal? 

There are a wide variety of views.

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How do you know if your church is successful?

We might be tempted to view churches with big attendance figures or large membership registers as successful.  After all, they must be doing something right?  Very often it’s the mega-church pastors that get asked to speak at conferences on church-growth and whose services are recorded for TBN.  Mega-churrch pastors often write books that share their “secret” with the rest of us mediocre pastors. 

Mega-churches may be very successful, but they also may not be.

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Why women should not be pastors (The gender agenda)

Why don’t we have any women pastors in our denomination? Why do men lead our Sunday church services?  Does Christianity squash women?  What place do women have in ministry?  The apostle Paul answers most of these questions in 1 Timothy 2:8-15, one of the most controversial passages in the Bible.  The whole letter is all about how Christians should conduct themselves in the church (3:15).  When reading this passage (as with the entire Bible) we must be careful to distinguish what is cultural (changeable) and what is a general or eternal principle (unchangeable).

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The role of the pastor

This blog may be controversial.  My basic argument is that the primary role of the pastor or elder in the church is edification not evangelism.

The apostle Peter wrote in 1 Peter 5:1-2, “To the elders among you, I appeal as a fellow-elder…Be shepherds of God’s flock that is under your care”. 

The King James Version of the Bible renders it like this, “the elders which are among you I exhort…feed the flock of God which is among you”.