HOW TO TRULY MAKE A DIFFERENCE IN THE LIVES OF OTHERS

Neal Pollard Bloomberg Businessweek's Ira Boudway wrote a fascinating article about the perennially successful head basketball coach of the San Antonio Spurs. He called the piece, "The Five Pillars of Popovich." Gregg Popovich, who has led the Texas team to five NBA championships in a little over 20 years, is the epitome of steady in … Continue reading HOW TO TRULY MAKE A DIFFERENCE IN THE LIVES OF OTHERS

“I Praise, I Participate, I Proclaim”

Neal Pollard Yesterday afternoon, the Bear Valley eldership stood before us one by one to talk about their priorities both for themselves and for us. They distilled them into five simple words that describe five profound concepts: (1) Worship, (2) Communication, (3) Fellowship, (4) Accountability, and (5) Leadership. They told us that as the religious … Continue reading “I Praise, I Participate, I Proclaim”

Armchair Elders

Neal Pollard He shouts at his TV with a mouthful of Cheetos. "I can't believe you! Four receivers downfield and you throw it behind the line of scrimmage to a man who's double covered! You're pathetic. Must be nice to get millions of dollars to make awful decisions. Where do I sign?" After several additional … Continue reading Armchair Elders

Watching Godly Elders

Neal Pollard We are blessed with seven wonderful elders here! They span in age from 48 to 81, are of varying backgrounds, personalities, and skillsets, but collectively they reflect God’s wisdom for a plurality of godly men shepherding the flock. With the magnitude of the work and workload here, I cannot help but stand in … Continue reading Watching Godly Elders

WHERE ARE THE ELDERS?

Neal Pollard At the hospital, attending a surgery At home, hosting a family or families and getting closer to the sheep Hosting and attending church activities In private meetings with hurting, needy members In meetings together, praying over and discussing the needs of the sheep Spending time with their wives and children, nurturing that needed … Continue reading WHERE ARE THE ELDERS?

What God Does Not Expect Of Elders

Neal Pollard Sermons preached on the qualifications of elders often, rightly, emphasize the importance of selecting men who qualify to serve. In the Lord's church,  covetous, inhospitable, intemperate, cold, imprudent, biblically ignorant, pugnacious, and newly-converted men (among others) have been appointed to that important work who should not have been. That hurts the local church! Many … Continue reading What God Does Not Expect Of Elders

The Shepherd Of The Sheep

Neal Pollard “That grass is greener,” so he thought, The sheep who wandered from the fold Watching carefully the shepherd caught The wanderer, so soon in the overseer’s hold. The roaring waters so dangerously near Forms a hazard for the trembling herd But the herdsmen is wise, his vision is clear With his guidance their … Continue reading The Shepherd Of The Sheep

ROUGHING UP THE REFEREE

Neal Pollard Perhaps you have seen the video of two John Jay High School football players targeting an official late in their loss last Friday to their Marble Falls, Texas, opponent.  Marble Falls was running out the clock to preserve their win.  Details have not been divulged to explain why the players were angry or … Continue reading ROUGHING UP THE REFEREE

HE WAS COACHING ON ONE KNEE

Neal Pollard What I’m about to do is painful and very nearly contrary to my nature.  It involves praising something about New England Patriots’ head coach Bill Bellichick, he of “Spy Gate” and “Deflate-Gate” infamy.  Yet, something he was witnessed doing on the sidelines during the late stages of Super Bowl XLIX gives great insight … Continue reading HE WAS COACHING ON ONE KNEE

 What It Means to Be An Overseer

Neal Pollard Elders are identified with three broad terms.  As Gary Hampton has put it, those who serve congregations in this honored way should not be offended that the term most often associated with them is the one that identifies them as old.  Not only are they "elders," but they are also "shepherds" and "overseers."  "Shepherd" … Continue reading  What It Means to Be An Overseer