Four Key Questions Every Church Leader Needs to Ask
Do you always know the right questions to ask? One of the most difficult things to do as a church leader is to know the right questions to ask. I believe when we discover this, we will make the right decisions for the future of the church. What are the four key questions every church leader needs to ask?
Question #1: What is best for the church?
The number one question that every church leader must always ask is: What is best for the church? In fact, church leaders need to teach the members of the church to ask this question: What is best for the church?
Sadly, in this day of entitlement, the fellowship of the church is being high-jacked by the carnal consumerism of its members. This has occurred because too many of us have stopped asking this most important question: What is best for the church? The church is about Jesus Christ, the Word of God, the Gospel of Jesus Christ, the discipleship of believers, the reaching of those without Christ, and the advancement of the Kingdom of God. The church is not about me and my personal needs. Nor is it about you and your personal needs.
At the next business conference in your church, point your people to this question: What is best for the church? At the next committee meeting where debate occurs about church matters, stop everyone. Push pause. Call them to ask this question: What is best for the church? Where there is a plethora of opinions about the future of the church and what the church should do, ask people to wrestle with this question: What is best for the church? If you are a Pastor approached by a staff member or a church leader about church matters, challenge them to ask this important question:What is best for the church?
Listen friend, it is time we get back to what is best for the church of Jesus Christ. When we do, decision-making in the church will begin to make sense and operate in a more biblical order.
Question #2: What is best for the Office of the Pastor?
The second question that we need to ask when faced with decision-making in the church is the question: What is best for the Office of the Pastor? Today, there is a very concerted effort by the enemy, Satan himself, to bring destruction to the office of the pastor. Attack after attack is occurring, even bringing the termination of many God-called pastors in service to their church. This is sad and wrong.
The American culture is constantly questioning their leaders. Sadly, it happens not only in politics, education, business, and athletics, but even in the church. From news talk shows and debates to blogs and social media, there is a growing blatant attack on the leaders in our nation and world. Scripture does not applaud this conduct, but condemns it.
When churches or ministries are confused about the future, there must be enough spirituality present among people to ask these two questions, in this order:
What is best for the church?
You see, if the Office of the Pastor ever becomes jeopardized in a local church, then the entire church will be affected negatively. I have never seen a church that dishonors the Office of the Pastor go on to prosper over any length of time. In fact, I have seen those churches become shipwrecked.
I appeal to you always to have your church at heart and then to always lift up the Office of the Pastor. When you do, your church will become a recipient of God’s blessing and power.
Question #3: What is best for my ministry?
Many well-intentioned church members and staff members are concerned about the ministries they are involved in personally or may even lead. If they are not careful, this will skew their decision-making and can even sour their attitudes.
Always start with asking: What is best for the church? Then follow that with asking: What is best for the Office of the Pastor? Then and only then, is it right to ask the question: What is best for my ministry?
From your perspective it may make sense for a specific ministry you are involved in to receive greater support financially. However, this may not be best for the church. Remember, the Pastor has to look at every ministry of the church, not just yours. Therefore, in reality, he may have to determine it is not best for the church and deny the allocation of monies. For the sake of what is best for the church, receive the decision.
Your desire just may not be met at this time. Perhaps it will be later, but just not now. Trust the Lord. Leave it in His hands.
Question #4: What is best for me?
How many times do you say about matters in the church, “Well, this is what I think we need to do”? Or, do you perhaps say, “Well, this is what will minister to me the most”? While this may be your feeling, it just may not be the will of God or the best thing for the church.
The greatest churches in the world are not the churches that cater to the needs of its people. The greatest churches in the world are those committed to being a Jesus church above all else and one of the wonderful by-products of this is that the needs of people are met. Christ-likeness moves decision-making, not consumerism.
Keep the list in order, refusing to let it become inverted
Keep these questions in your heart. Keep them before yourself. Keep them before the members of your church. Keep them in order. Refuse to let them become inverted by yourself, others, or your church.
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