Yesterday I described the five temptations of a pastor.
Because pastors lead our churches, they are targeted by the enemy for
destruction. He comes along with temptations that sound reasonable, but that
corrode the life of the church. The good news is that pastors and others in
church leadership can fight these temptations. Here’s
- Disciple people using Jesus’
Get your young people on a modern Matthew
10 experience where they have to really practice faith. I recommend the World Race. Initiate them! Give
them a reason to live!
- Every church service should be part
Shock the people that you lead. We’re all
sinners saved by grace. Let ‘em see that it’s hard for you to get out of bed
- Allow the Spirit to lead your service
I used to print bulletins. Now I find them
tiresome and constricting. Who says there has to be a sermon? Why can’t we
allow the Spirit to just prompt people to share a song, a testimony, or some
- Offend legalistic spirits &
create your own culture.
To practice freedom, exercise freedom in
ways that are new. It used to be that churches prohibited dancing. Now, they’re
easing up on that. In many churches the sin of drunkenness has led them to
prohibit drinking. One must ask, does the sin of gluttony cause them to
prohibit eating? And how is it that we can be known for our judgmentalism when
Jesus preached a gospel of grace? The point is that if you’re a person of
substance, then your style is negotiable.
5. Take risks every
Go out and pray with people you don’t
know. Empower your people. Show them you trust them.
Teach people to hear
We don’t have to give into these temptations. There’s a
generation that knows there’s more. Give them their inheritance now! It’s time
to start moving in this direction. There is no temptation common to man that
God hasn’t created a way of escaping.