Friday, November 20, 2009

Knute Larson – Ministry & Organization in the Church

Knute had a lengthy hand-out which charts Phil. 1:1 levels of leaders

Below are Random Nuggets gleaned during his presentation:

  • It's not about our meetings, it is about God's plan for the ages.
  • The mysteries of God should give us passion for the gospel and for the church….we have been given the secret things of God to explain.
  • Phil. 1:1
  • One head…all our decisions and actions under Him…then the overseers to carry-out His mandate!
  • Phil. 1:1 lists all the jobs in the church – Jesus = Head, overseers, deacons, all the saints in Philippi.
  • Lay elders cannot and should not ever "eat and sleep" church like the pastor does.
  • All staff members report to the senior pastor, and not anyone else in additions.
  • Bible does not mandate any particular church organizational chart.
  • God often shepherds by what "seems best" to a whole group of leaders
  • Good leaders are servants first.
  • It takes years to develop the mood of a church and only moments to destroy it.
  • People hate changes and surprises…but many leaders surprise churches with changes and lose.
  • When a decision-making group is over eight or nine, it is too big.
  • Pastors and elders share a large ministry description
    • Lead – Heb. 13:7; 1 Pet 5:2
    • Rule – 1 Tim. 3:4-5
    • Shepherd – Acts 20:28-29
    • Teach – 2 Tim. 4:1
    • Equip – Eph 4:11-13
    • Example – 1 Pet 5:3
  • Governing boards must model Phil 2:1-13
  • Overall health of a board is equal to the sum of its parts
  • It's not the things in the Bible that I don't understand that gives me problems, it's the things that I do understand that gives me fits.


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