Posts with the tag “leadership”
Go Back Further: An Appeal Regarding a Recent Controversy over Women’s Roles in the Church
by Patrick Swayne on June 16th, 2023
Rick Warren, a well-known denominational church leader, recently proposed that we should "go back to the first century" to discover "the church at its best." In his church though, there are "women pastors" who teach the assembled church. How did his church establish this practice, and is it really what the first century church did?
The One Quality Christian Leaders Need to Survive and Thrive Without Elders
by Patrick Swayne on February 25th, 2023
In this third article in our series discussing church leadership without elders, we'll consider an absolutely vital quality leaders must exhibit and how it works practically.
How Should Men Organize Themselves to Lead the Church in the Absence of Elders?
by Patrick Swayne on February 18th, 2023
While God desires "elders in every church" (Acts 14:23), churches sometimes don't have men who are ready to serve in that capacity. What can these congregations do in the meantime? In this article, we'll discuss how Christian men can organize themselves so as to effectively lead when there are no men qualified to serve as elders.
What Should Church Leadership Look Like Without Elders?
by Patrick Swayne on February 11th, 2023
While God desires "elders in every church" (Acts 14:23), churches sometimes don't have men who are ready to serve in that capacity. What can these congregations do in the meantime? In this article, we'll reflect on some guiding principles from Scripture in establishing leadership in such situations.
What Christ and Creation Reveal About Spiritual Leadership
by Patrick Swayne on August 11th, 2022
When Paul wanted to uphold the concept of male leadership in families and religious settings, he argued using Christ and creation rather than culture. What can we learn about God's design for spiritual leadership by reflecting on the role of Jesus as well as on creation and the events that followed?