By Robert T. Henderson
Modern-day pastors are in predicament, with breakdowns, abuse, confusion, and divorces attaining epidemic proportions. Robert T. Henderson continues that there's a realm of non secular forces which attracts congregations towards demise. His answer is to energise pastors with a biblical knowing of the church's redemptive participation in Jesus' victory over the cosmic powers. They develop into "a door of hope.".
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It will more often be subtle, distracting, or subversive. It may come through malicious attacks on your ministry by folk who totally dislike you. It may come as pious suggestions from close friends who lead you away from the purpose of God. But note, it will usually come from inside the Christian community. " Still, if I am the pastor of the dismaying Valley of Achor Church, self-pity is not a redemptive response. It may be justified, perhaps, but it is not redemptive. How do I discern the engagement of good and evil in this community?
As their first woman pastor, she was wonderfully received and appreciated. Her gifts emerged naturally. She sought with integrity to implement ministries of worship, using all of her skills in liturgics but even Page 18 more to enliven the congregation's educational ministries. She was diligent. However, the congregation resisted the reality of the faith. The members were accustomed to young and imaginative clergy coming to them and trying out their ideas, so they let Debbie work. Yet they never seemed to see beyond the surface of proposed changes.
Ben was called to be associate pastor in a ''tall steeple" (large and prosperous) church in a distant city. He married his high school sweetheart and was immediately swept into the heart of the congregation. His managerial gifts were obvious in his ability to organize and expedite congregational ministries. His popularity was known churchwide. It was no surprise that after four years he became senior pastor of another "tall steeple" church, where his popularity was undiminished. Ben became a favorite on the conference circuit.