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10 Ways To Support Your Church Leadership

Our Church is going through a time of crisis now as our Pastor recovers from major surgery. We thank and praise the Lord that He kept His Hand on Mark and is overseeing his recovery. We are looking forward to his return in the very near future. Thank you for your personal, prayer, and financial support. We appreciate it.

I especially appreciate your support and attendance at the services and thank you for your encouragement. Let’s keep on keeping on! The Lord has much in store for St. George’s Church.

I thought the following article presenting ten positive ways church members can support their church leadership is excellent and edifying. Enjoy!

Val
Pastoral Assistant

1. Pray for your church leaders—both the paid staff and the volunteer leaders.

Pray that their fervor—for God and His Word—will increase daily. Pray for wisdom in their leadership and decision-making. Pray for their marriages to be strengthened and renewed. Pray for their kids. Pray. Pray. Pray. Become an intercessor on behalf of your leaders. We don’t need to know all the details of every matter to pray. The Holy Spirit already knows how to pray. Follow the Spirit’s lead.

2. Give your leaders permission to be less than perfect.

No one is perfect. Leaders are real people. Church leaders have a human nature they wrestle with too. And no one’s family is perfect either. Church leaders have strong-willed kids too. A healthy leader leads from a posture of humility and doesn’t try to present a picture of perfection. And a healthy church will allow its leaders to be a little less than perfect too.

3. Understand the actual role of each leader and the function of the church.

Church members oftentimes place unreasonable expectations on their leaders. Yes, pastoral leaders are there to serve, to teach, to equip, and to protect the flock. But they’re not there to solve all our problems. They’re there to walk beside us through our valleys and celebrate with us on our mountaintops. But no one person can be everything to everyone — except, of course, Jesus.

4. Remember your lay leaders.

Smaller churches may have more lay leaders than larger churches, which can afford larger paid staffs. Try to remember that your lay leaders have jobs outside of their volunteer positions in the church. This likely includes the elders. They aren’t available 24/7 for phone calls and meetings when they have to be at their places of work 40+ hours per week in addition to the time they serve at church. The next time you cross paths with a lay leader at your church, tell them how much you appreciate the way they serve and their personal sacrifice of time and energy.

5. Honor your leaders’ commitment to confidentiality.

There’s a big difference between secrecy and confidentiality. Secrecy is the attempt to hide information. Confidentiality is the way to care for a person with grace and common courtesy. Pastors and elders are oftentimes in a position where they know about deeply personal and private matters that are occurring in the lives of church members, or even other staff members.

Yes, we live in a Facebook-driven culture, where people seem to have less and less of a filter these days, but that does not mean that church members are entitled to know every detail of another person’s private life. Neither are church members entitled to know every detail that may have been behind a leadership decision. Such details are sometimes an HR issue. And all legal issues aside, there’s a common decency factor that leaders must abide by. These kinds of situations especially need discernment and sensitivity. That’s why the leaders are there. They’re there to lead with wisdom through difficult times.

6. Allow your leaders to worship on Sunday morning.

Do you have something you need to discuss with a pastor or an elder? Please don’t corner them in the foyer or in the courtyard on a Sunday morning. Let them worship with their families. And let them complete the job their supposed to do on Sundays. Make a phone call or send an e-mail during the week to set up a time when you could meet. Choose the right time to discuss your issue.

7. When you have a grievance with another church member or one of the leaders, follow Matthew 18 and go directly to that person after having given the matter much prayer.

Do not discuss your grievance with your small group as a “sounding board.” That’s gossip. Do not meet with a friend at Starbucks to “ask for their wisdom” on the matter. That’s gossip. Do not offer up a “prayer request” on the matter with your friends. That’s gossip. When you have a grievance, pray first; then go directly to the person your grievance involves. Follow the order set forth in Matthew 18.

8. Never send criticism in the form of an e-mail, or worse, an anonymous letter in the offering basket.

If you have a concern, do as #6 and #7 says: 1) Set up a time when you can meet, and 2) Go to the person directly. And, of course, #1 is always imperative too. Pray. Pray. Pray. Maturity involves a face-to-face conversation whenever possible. Difficult conversations should never happen in an e-mail or a letter.

9. In times of crisis, be present.

Sometimes the negative people draw the most attention because they’re the loudest. But instead of being loud, let’s be strong, let’s be courageous, and let’s be present. Your leaders need the body of Christ to surround them with love and encouragement, especially in trying times. A crisis either brings out the best in a person, or the worst. When a crisis hits your church, pray. Pray and be present.

10. Encourage your leaders with words of affirmation.

You’d be surprised at the burdens your church leaders often bear, and they bear them silently out of their desire to honor confidentiality—and sometimes they’re honoring the confidentiality of the very person who is slandering them! Be a positive presence in their lives. Speak words of encouragement.

Reprinted with permission from Missional Woman. Denise J. Hughes


Your Invitation to Worship With Us

We invite you to worship with us on Sunday Mornings at 9 am if you do not have a Church Home.

You will enjoy anointed worship, Bible-based ministry and great fellowship.

“I was glad when they said to me,
“Let us go into the house of the Lord.”
Psalm 122:1


Darwinism and Intellectual Dishonesty

There is a common misconception in contemporary society, that when Darwin published his, “Origin of Species”, it was a brilliant, complete and scientifically sound work…yet when we consider his own words we get quite a different perspective on his hypothesis as contained in that book. In his own words,

“I am well aware that scarcely a single point is discussed in this volume on which facts cannot be adduced, often apparently leading to conclusions directly opposite to those at which I have arrived. A fair result can be obtained only by fully stating and balancing the facts and arguments on both sides of each question; and this cannot possibly be done here.” (Darwin 1859:2 in Bergman 2011:24) Emphasis mine.

Darwin seemed to display an honesty here that his disciples obviously felt was for him alone. The above statement does not intimate the firm convictions of a man satisfied that his theory was complete and that he had proved his hypothesis at all. Rather, it indicates to me a man who was well aware of the holes that existed within his theory and that it was more a matter of considered opinion than proven fact. He fully understood and accepted that the evidence presented could be interpreted in a way that could disprove his theory. We have to ask ourselves then how it became “a fact” so soon after its publication and why in societies around the world, Darwinian conformity is enforced, often at the point of a lawsuit, in order to maintain its hegemony in public schools and academia? Surely, if the theory, even as it itself has evolved into absurdity, was sound and explained the origins of life, it would not be doubted by so many and it would not have to be defended in courts of law to ensure its place at the biological table. If it was a proven fact and contained an iron clad explaination of the Origin of Species, not only would Darwin have said so himself but it would have been plain for everybody else to see as well. Humanity would not have to be forced by court order to believe something that they are convinced is nonsensical. Is this what passes for academic freedom and critical thinking today?

In one of his letters to a friend, Darwin states that his friend should expect to be disappointed with the Origin of Species because the book would be,

“…grievously too hypothetical. It will very likely be of no other service than collecting some facts; though I myself think I see my way approximately on the origin of species. But, alas, how frequent, how almost universal it is in an author to persuade himself of the truth of his own dogma’s…I certainly see very many difficulties of gigantic stature [in my theory].”

(Burkhardt 1990:495 in Bergman 2011:25) Emphasis mine

Again, certainly not the image of a man who was convinced of his own theory as he saw the gigantic holes that remain apparent today, holes that cannot be covered over with a dose of academic bullying, a law suit or an ad hominem attack against the critic. The holes remain, despite clever words such as “punctauted equilabrium”which takes more faith than I will ever have to accept it.

Why is this type of intellectual dishonesty tolerated, where Darwin’s own words are neglected (as they relate to the difficulties of his own theory) so that his ideas can be resucitated after dying a thousand deaths? Why is the man’s own words discarded and ignored and why was the theory sold to a public in the second half of the 19th century as a fact when he himself expressed these and so many other misgivings? Perhaps, just perhaps, it had to do with Darwin’s desire, along with so many others, to “murder God”…to get rid of the very thing that carried Europe through the Dark Ages and brought it out of that age and created from it a new and stronger version of itself that existed under a pagan Rome. That however is for another day.

1. Bergman, J., 2011, The Dark Side of Charles Darwin-A critical analysis of an icon of science, Master Books, Green Forest.

2. Darwin, C., 1859, The Origin of Species, John Murray, London.

3. Burkhardt, F. (ed.), 1990, The Correspondence of Charles Darwin-Volume 6, Cambridge University Press, New York.

 

By Rev. Mark Adriaan Bosh0ff


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A Meeting Place Of The Old And The New

A Meeting Place Of The Old And The New.

Saturday 6 March saw the induction of Mark Boshoff as the newly appointed minister at St George’s Presbyterian Church. This was a very grand occasion attended by many members of Durban’s Presbytery in their regalia. It was an occasion that reminded us all of where we had come from and that our roots lay in the ancient Church but the service was also marked by the more contemporary aspects that St. George’s has embraced over the years. We are a congregation where we try and create the best balance between all that is best in what has gone before and what has been handed down to us and what our modern context needs and what is necessary to remain relevant for our time.

During the order of service the Rev William Pool, delivered the charges, wherein he encouraged Mark with 2 Tim 1:7 – “For God hath not given us the spirit of fear, but of power, and of love, and a sound mind.”  He emphasized that the Church needs ministers who are going to be bold in the things of God in order that they will be able to help people cope with challenging times with which they are faced on a daily basis.  The source of power, love and a sound mind is, of course, the Holy Spirit.  Only then will we see the advancement of the Kingdom of God.

Rev Pool went on to say that preaching is a pastoral activity and explained that it is because we (the ministers) love the people of God that there should be no note of judgment, or unjust, or false, or selfish criticism.  Just as Jesus is the Great Shepherd, so it is that by His Spirit he gives us (the ministers) a shepherd’s heart for our people and that is the spirit of love.

In closing he addressed the congregation – accentuating the incredible privilege of having a minister and the importance of extending support to Mark, Taryn and Jorja.  Rev Pool cautioned that too much of many a minister’s time is taken up in smoothing ruffled feathers in his own congregation, so that he seldom gets the chance of taking the Kingdom of God out into the world beyond.

St George’s Presbyterian Church – a place where ALL ARE WELCOME regardless of where we have been and what we have done.


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