Wednesday, January 07, 2015


Do We Really Need To Do This?

Ron Edomondson looks at Jesus' recruiting methods and draws thee "tips":
  • Recruit transitional people
  • Allow the team to help recruit the team
  • Recruit people who are ready for a challenge
Now, I am just sorry, but this does not even have a introductory section that something like, "After you have determined their spiritual health and maturity...." Consider what the apostle Paul had to say about recruiting leaders:
1 Tim 3:1-13 - It is a trustworthy statement: if any man aspires to the office of overseer, it is a fine work he desires to do. An overseer, then, must be above reproach, the husband of one wife, temperate, prudent, respectable, hospitable, able to teach, not addicted to wine or pugnacious, but gentle, peaceable, free from the love of money. He must be one who manages his own household well, keeping his children under control with all dignity (but if a man does not know how to manage his own household, how will he take care of the church of God?), and not a new convert, so that he will not become conceited and fall into the condemnation incurred by the devil. And he must have a good reputation with those outside the church, so that he will not fall into reproach and the snare of the devil.

Deacons likewise must be men of dignity, not double-tongued, or addicted to much wine or fond of sordid gain, but holding to the mystery of the faith with a clear conscience. These men must also first be tested; then let them serve as deacons if they are beyond reproach. Women must likewise be dignified, not malicious gossips, but temperate, faithful in all things. Deacons must be husbands of only one wife, and good managers of their children and their own households. For those who have served well as deacons obtain for themselves a high standing and great confidence in the faith that is in Christ Jesus.
It's not that Edmondson has this wrong, it's just that there are priorities here. I have seen too many churches recruit leaders for the kinds of attributes Edmondson is discussing without first checking the attributes the Apostle discusses. The results can be a thriving organization that is church in name only.

You can cry "Well, of course, we'd do that first," all you want - but unless this stuff is set forth and laid on the table it often gets forgotten.

We really cannot afford to take "the spiritual stuff" for granted.


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