Good day! This is Daren Wride and welcome to Priority Pastor.
I’m starting to do some work for a webinar on church budget process, which is maybe more exciting than it sounds. And I know that you might listen to this podcast, not catch the webinar or getting it the Priority Pastor where the webinar will be recorded for all time. So I just want to share with you a real quick overview of church budget process that I found really helpful and a little bit strategic. It’s not just a random detached from ministry priorities budget process.
When it comes to priorities, what is most important for pastors, for Christian leaders, for followers of Jesus Christ. There are few passages that answer the question more directly than Revelation chapter two, the first seven verses which is the letter to the church in Ephesus.
Welcome to Priority Pastor, this is Daren Wride. I’m going to talk today about trust busters and trust builders.
A question we find helpful to ask going into transitional situations where there’s often been a crisis of some kind or some kind of awkward pastoral transition, is to ask the leadership both, formal and informal- that would be your board of elders as well as people who are just part of the church, but influential long term members- ask them what kinds of things that if you did them inadvertently would would break trust, would raise suspicion, would put up a wall between you and the congregation. And these are things that are not necessarily bad things, but because of the history and the culture of the church in the community, they would immediately break trust.
For instance, I went into one church and when I asked this question, right away some of the people said don’t use the phrase “on the bus, off the bus.” That whole terminology about the right seats in the bus… The previous pastor really used that phraseology a lot and always challenged people to get on the bus or get off the bus in a very dictatorial, almost offensive kind of way. They said any kind of phraseology like that is going to put up an immediate wall.
Today I’m sharing a final excerpt from the personal evangelism crash course. Today we’re going to look at some some observations from the way Jesus dealt with people who were spiritual outsiders, as well as I’ll just fire off kind of a machine gun method, some important little principles and things we need to know about personal evangelism.
We can learn a lot about evangelism and witness from looking at the life of Jesus. In fact a great exercise is to read the Gospels and see how Jesus interacts with those who are spiritual outsiders, who are far from God and there are many principles you can pull out.