We take gospel leadership for the local church seriously. So we take the responsibility of training up leaders for the local church seriously as well. That’s the whole purpose for our pastoral training ministry known as The Ephesian Fellowship, and that’s the heart and soul of a really great event that we’re having the privilege to attend on Monday and Tuesday (December 16-17, 8:30 am – 3:30 pm).
Dr. Hershael York, longtime professor of preaching at the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and Senior Pastor of Buck Run Baptist Church in Frankfort, Kentucky, will be teaching the entirety of his Pastoral Ministry course over two days at Buck Run Baptist Church. The two-day event, Pastor Well, is in connection with the recording of the class for an SBTS online class format. In the future, to have access to the course will require a student to enroll in the class and pay the required tuition! So participating in this two-day mini-conference is a great opportunity for future ministers and any other person in the local church who wants to grow in their understanding of pastoral ministry and leadership.
Below is a summary of the topics that will be covered, from Dr. York’s blog “Confessions of a Pastor.” If We’ll be taking a group on both days, leaving from First Baptist at 6:00 am. The cost is free, but participants will need money for breakfast and lunch on each day (or you can always pack a lunch!). If you’d like to attend, please talk with Pastor Cade sometime before Sunday evening!
Session 1: The Call to Ministry
The call is not a general to all Christians but a specific moving of the Holy Spirit.
The call is the intersection of desire, gifting, opportunity, and the testimony of the church.
The success and survival of your ministry depends on the strength of your calling.
Session 2: The Call to a Specific Ministry
The biblical emphasis is on doing the will of God more than knowing the will of God.
Friesen’s view of God’s will: sanctified common sense coupled with a passionate desire to honor the Lord in every situation.
Christians also experience an inner witness of the Holy Spirit.
Session 3: Licensing and Ordination
Licensing is the church’s permission to exercise gifts to fulfill one’s calling.
Ordination is a formal and legal acknowledgment of one’s calling, competence, and conduct.
Session 4: Finding a Place of Service
Preparing and sharing resumes, making contacts, answering ads, getting recommendations and writing cover letters.
Dealing with search committees, what materials to ask for, what to provide, what questions to ask.
Session 5: Your First Church
Be honest in evaluating expectations: are you going to plant your life here or is it a “learning church”?
Lower your expectations of them, raise them of yourself.
Hone your skills: preaching, people, prayer.
Session 6: Deacons
What they do, what they should be, biblical qualifications, function in the church
How to get them on your side, how to keep them focused
Rotation system vs. DFL (deacon for life)
Session 7: The Ordinances: Baptism
Ordinances are not sacraments, the four essentials of scriptural baptism, whose baptism does the church recognize
How to baptize
Session 8: The Ordinances: Communion
The elements, who may partake (closed, close, open communion)
How to serve, meaningful components
Session 9: Church Discipline
The three grounds for church discipline
How to practice discipline, the circle of confession and the circle of knowledge
Session 10: Weddings
Developing a personal wedding policy, church use policy vs. officiating policy
Premarital counseling, the rehearsal, the ceremony
Session 11: Funerals
Dealing with grief and bereavement, visitation
Conducting the service, sermons, the graveside
Session 12: Leadership
The top ten mistakes leaders make (Finzel’s book)
Session 13: Personal Life
Maintaining a devotional life, personal purity
Marriage, family, parenting your children
Ten commandments for self and staff members
Session 14: Personal Skills
Being a people person, making people feel important
Getting the most out of your time, returning calls, thank you notes, keeping in touch, using social media for communication
Session 15: Leading Through Exposition
Developing a preaching plan
Using the Bible to move the church
Fostering a culture of generosity and grace
Session 16: Leading a Church Through Change
Changing the church focus
The worship wars
Building projects, relocation, celebrating the past while embracing the
Session 17: Leading in Church Business Meetings
To moderate or not to moderate, Robert’s Rules of Order, handling conflict
Session 18: Church Finances
Developing a church budget, the pastor’s involvement in church finances
Giving, cooperative program, Lottie Moon Christmas Offering, etc.
Church debt, capital campaigns
Session 19: Working with Staff
Searching, hiring, working with, leading, trusting, correcting, firing
Session 20: Evangelism
Developing a missional spirit
Using evangelism training programs, 8-touch system, connect teams, advertising
Using holidays and special events
Mission trips and their purposes
Session 21: Miscellaneous Matters
Integrity in accepting members from other churches,
Allowing people to leave well