When it comes to deacons needing to showing mercy in the church, are there limits to their compassion? This article offers some principles to help deacons navigate the course of mercy and compassion. Among other things, it calls deacons to keep a biblical perspective on suffering, keep the big picture of stewardship in mind, and not enable fools in their folly.
This article starts by discussing the main plot of the Bible and the relationship between the Old Testament and the New Testament. The author continues on to discuss the relationship between rest and creation, rest and redemption, and the purpose of the Sabbath day.
This article discusses the role of the elder in regard to the tasks of overseeing, evaluating, and encouraging the preaching of the Word. It explains that the priority in evaluating sermons is whether the text itself was preached.
This article emphasizes the importance of elders being active in prayer for those in the church entrusted to their care. Elders should pray for spiritual protection, spiritual joy, and effective witness. The author uses John 17 as a guide.
This article considers the importance of providing pastoral care to singles in the church. It raises in particular some concerns that are unique to singles, with a view to equipping the church to minister to them more effectively.
What does it mean to be holy? After offering some brief commentary the biblical concept of holiness, this article specifically calls upon elders to be engaged in the pursuit of holiness in the congregation, for the church is to be holy as God is holy. The author offers some practical ways for elders to do so: expose sins such as bitterness and sexual immorality, and focus on people's heart-priorities.
What constitutes a biblical, pastoral approach to church discipline? This article establishes that threats that lack preceding instruction and explanation of God's will are unhelpful. The author then provides a set of suggestions for a pastoral approach to discipline: lay a foundation of trust before problems ever arise, make clear what repentance looks like, be persistent, and rejoice when the Lord grants repentance.
What does church membership all entail? This article offers some biblical principles: the individual/family thereby expresses willing submission to the local eldership; membership is in the local church, not denomination; membership transfer means requesting release from care of the elders of one church in favour of another; membership involves doctrinal commitment; and it is a visible testimony of commitment.
How can senior or retired members of the church continue to serve in God's kingdom? What is their task? This article offers advice for elders and deacons on how to use the skills, experience, and abilities of such members for the benefit of the church. It also includes a word to the retired themselves, to encourage and motivate them to carry on with service to the Lord.
How can churches care for their retirees? This article first considers where "retirement" came from, and then explains how retirement is a time for potential problems such as stress, confusion, and temptation to indulge, which is helpful for office-bearers to realize in their care for the aging..
What does providing pastoral care to the elderly in the nursing home involve? This article attempts to help elders and deacons in this matter, also when it comes to those they may encounter in nursing homes who are unbelievers.
This article offers some reflections on the character of deacons' meetings. It suggests a division of labour among the deacons, and indicates that they should function as the committee of ministries, since the the primary work of the deacon is pastoral administration of gifts in their diversity. It also suggests what kind of schedule the meetings should have.
Many office-bearers tend to look up against elders' meetings (consistory meetings or session meetings). This article offers a modest proposal for such meetings, one that is a barebones agenda that consists of only three items: study/training, pastoral consultation, and prayer.