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Warning: May I appeal to you to guard your heart? If you’re teetering on the verge of church cynicism or have already fallen into the abyss of the cynics, perhaps you want to move on to something else. This season might not be the best to talk about something that triggers you.
Celebrate: Some of you will want to talk to your pastors, thanking them for how they lead their lives, wives, families, and this church. Please contact them. Let them know your appreciation. Don’t assume others will. Honor your leaders; if they are doing it well, celebrate it by letting them know.
Put off your old self, which belongs to your former manner of life and is corrupt through deceitful desires (Ephesians 4:22).
Then the eyes of both were opened, and they knew that they were naked. And they sewed fig leaves together and made themselves loincloths (Genesis 3:7).
Because our pastors are our leaders, they and their wives represent what the church should be; we must follow and submit to them as they follow and submit to Christ.
Modeling of the gospel must precede the teaching of the gospel, or we will marginalize the gospel we teach.
Leadership assessment begins with the character of the pastor in 1 Timothy 3:1-7
The saying is trustworthy: If anyone aspires to the office of overseer, he desires a noble task. Therefore an overseer
- must be above reproach,
- the husband of one wife,
- able to teach,
- not a drunkard,
- not violent but gentle,
- not quarrelsome,
- not a lover of money.
He must manage his own household well, with all dignity keeping his children submissive, for if someone does not know how to manage his own household, how will he care for God’s church? He must not be a recent convert, or he may become puffed up with conceit and fall into the condemnation of the devil. Moreover, he must be well thought of by outsiders, so that he may not fall into disgrace, into a snare of the devil.
A short list of reciprocal community qualities of a good pastor and wife are,
Rick launched the Life Over Coffee global training network in 2008 to bring hope and help for you and others by creating resources that spark conversations for transformation. His primary responsibilities are resource creation and leadership development, which he does through speaking, writing, podcasting, and educating.
In 1990 he earned a BA in Theology and, in 1991, a BS in Education. In 1993, he received his ordination into Christian ministry, and in 2000 he graduated with an MA in Counseling from The Master’s University. In 2006 he was recognized as a Fellow of the Association of Certified Biblical Counselors (ACBC).