What Preachers Wished All Members Knew About Their Elders

Neal Pollard While there are doubtless men who wear the name “elder” that do not meet the biblical qualifications, many of the church’s greatest heroes and biggest assets are her shepherds. I have been privileged to serve under a total of 21 elders in 26 years of full-time preaching, and what I am about to … Continue reading What Preachers Wished All Members Knew About Their Elders

“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?

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

HOW CAN WE ENSURE THE CHURCH WILL NOT GROW?

Neal Pollard Talk Up Big Plans And Follow Through With Inactivity. This will build frustration and discouragement. Satanfears not the plan, but rather the working of it. Make No Plans For The Future: Just Accept The Status Quo.  Just hope that the future will take care of itself. Buy into the "is/ought" fallacy: "The way it … Continue reading HOW CAN WE ENSURE THE CHURCH WILL NOT GROW?

CHURCH GROWTH STARTERS

Neal Pollard Offer “medical missions” benevolent campaign in the neighborhood, utilizing the talents of members with medical expertise. Have a worship leadership training class. Incorporate periodic explanations about the purpose and biblical foundation for the acts of worship and the invitation during the worship services. Have an elder/deacon intensive training class. Host community Bible studies … Continue reading CHURCH GROWTH STARTERS

Lessons From Yogi Berra’s “Yogi-isms”

Neal Pollard One of the great American personalities of the 20th Century, Yogi Berra, has died. The 90 year old died Tuesday, September 22, in West Caldwell, New Jersey.  In his wake, Berra, a Hall of Fame catcher with the New York Yankees in the 1940s-1960s, left a book full of memorable quotes, such as: … Continue reading Lessons From Yogi Berra’s “Yogi-isms”

How To See The Good In Others

Neal Pollard Some just can't! They assume bad motives, intentions, and behaviors in others. They like to predict failure and disaster. Some take that attitude toward people, including Christians. "They won't last!" "They can't cut it as a deacon/elder." "He won't ever be a good preacher!" "They just want the praise of men." Think about … Continue reading How To See The Good In Others