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EP 225 FUNDING MINISTRY PT. 1

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Hey there Bootcampers, we are tackling an important issue in this EP-funding your ministry. There are a lot of opinions on funding and we break down some basics. In future EPs we’ll take the opportunity to dig a little deeper into some of the ins and outs of making ministry possible financially.

Let’s start with the basics: Funding Ministry

  1. Single source – one church pays your salary

The elders who are good leaders are to be considered worthy of double honor,[b] especially those who work hard at preaching and teaching. 18 For the Scripture says: Do not muzzle an ox while it is treading out the grain,[c] and, “The worker is worthy of his wages.”  1 Timothy 5:16-18

  1. Missions and ministry support

“And you Philippians yourselves know that in the beginning of the gospel when I left Macedonia, no church entered into a partnership with me in giving and receiving, except you only. Even in Thessalonica, you sent me help for my needs once and again. Not that I seek the gift, but I seek the fruit that increases your credit. I have received full payment and more. I am well supplied, having received from Epaphroditus the gifts you sent, a fragrant offering, a sacrifice acceptable and pleasing to God.” (Phil 4:15-18)

  1. Self-Funded – You work a job, if married your spouse may work a job to be able to do ministry
  • How many Pastors are bivocational? 60-80%? Our best guess
  • Today it is estimated that 60-65% of Southern Baptist churches are served by bivocational pastors.  Founders Blog
  • Though we don’t have precise data, we estimate that there are over one million bi-vocational pastors and church staff in North America alone. Rainer – Church Answers
  • Bivocational – two jobs as a necessity to support your role as pastor not to burden the church
  • CoVocatioal – intentionally choosing to engage in a dual vocational role 

“And he [Paul] found a Jew named Aquila, a native of Pontus, recently come from Italy with his wife Priscilla, because Claudius had commanded all the Jews to leave Rome. And he went to see them, and because he was of the same trade he stayed with them and worked, for they were tentmakers by trade.” (Acts 18:2-3)

“Or is it only Barnabas and me who have no right to refrain from working for a living?… If we have sown spiritual things among you, is it too much if we reap material things from you? If others share this rightful claim on you, do not we even more? Nevertheless, we have not made use of this right, but we endure anything rather than put an obstacle in the way of the gospel of Christ… What then is my reward? That in my preaching I may present the gospel free of charge, so as not to make full use of my right in the gospel.” (1 Cor 9:6, 11-12, 18)

Here’s a great quote from a fantastic article by Dr. Geoff Chang:

Spurgeon: The most practicable remedy is to find volunteer laborers who will not need maintenance from the people. This admirable remedy is already largely used, but not so largely as it might be. We have among us numbers of brethren engaged in handicrafts and professions who are endowed with gifts at least sufficient for the gathering of moderate congregations, and some of them display ability equal if not superior to the average of stipendiary pastors. It is an exceedingly great gain to the community when these brethren addict themselves to the ministry of the saints.

Are you serving as a bi-vocational or co-vocational pastor? We’d love to hear from you!

 

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EP 224 EIGHT QUESTIONS FOR 2024

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EP 224 EIGHT QUESTIONS FOR 2024
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Happy 2024 Bootcamp crew!  Welcome to the beginning of the new year, we’re praying for you!  Check out this list of 8 critical questions you can ask as you plan for the coming year. We’d love to hear from you!  Drop us a line, send us some feedback and submit your own questions!

Eight questions to ask as you plan your projects and priorities for 2024

  1. Have we prayed about this? 
  2. Is this a really big decision? (See our previous episode on weighing big decisions)
  3. Is this just something I want or is it something that is good for the church? Are you alone in this idea, or have you run it by others? (See our previous episode about formal and informal permission) – notes below
  4. Is this the right time to be making this change? Do I have the leadership capital for this change?
  5. How does this project or priority help our church grow in love, unity, or maturity? 
  6. Are our priorities and projects focused more on God’s people and purpose or programs?
  7. Is the issue at hand a biblical command or a missional context issue? (Think front seat of the car [identity] or back seat of the car [infrastructure] – see our previous episode on spiritual and organizational church health)
  8. Does everything on our list of priorities, projects, and programs have a current value and purpose or are we just re-doing things because that is how we have done them before? 

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EP 223 – RAISE YOUR EBENEZER

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EP 223 - RAISE YOUR EBENEZER
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Hey there Bootcampers! We hope you had a great Christmas. We’re taking some time to reflect on the past year and the year to come and wanted to encourage you to engage in the same. Here are some thoughts related to a blog Jimbo read over at Practical Shepherding.

12 Then Samuel took a stone and set it up between Mizpah and Shen and called its name Ebenezer; for he said, “Till now the LORD has helped us.” 13 So the Philistines were subdued and did not again enter the territory of Israel. And the hand of the LORD was against the Philistines all the days of Samuel. – 1 Samuel 7:12-13

As you close the door on 2023, think through your year in ministry. But be sure to factor in the most important part of ministry and Christ-following in general: faithfulness. Below are some questions to get you started:

  • Did I seek the Lord in His Word and in prayer regularly? Did God faithfully teach me from His Word and faithfully listen to me in prayer?
  • Did I respond to God’s love for me by loving others? Did God faithfully love me even when I didn’t?
  • Did I worry about ministry, finances, and church relationships? Was God faithful to carry me through my fears?
  • Did I pray for my church regularly? Did God faithfully soften my heart towards others and protect me from bitterness as I prayed?
  • Did I speak the gospel to both believers and unbelievers? Did God faithfully strengthen and uphold my own faith in the gospel?
  • Did my church express care for me and my family? Did God faithfully care for me and my family even if the church failed to do so?
  • Did I serve as unto the Lord, knowing that God faithfully sees what others don’t?

God will never stop being faithful to you, no matter how things are going in ministry and in life. It’s His very nature to be faithful to you. And you can lean on His faithfulness. It’s what upholds your own faithfulness. Paul encourages us this way, “Therefore, my beloved brothers, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that in the Lord, your labor is not in vain” (1 Cor. 15:58).

Because our ministry is done ultimately for, through, with, by, and to Christ, it can never be in vain. It’s never wasted, even if the metrics don’t look great through earthly eyes. Press on. Walk into this new year of labor knowing that God will faithfully walk with you every moment, every step. He is always faithful to you.

Think less about goals and more about your rhythms in ministry.  Check out Andy Addis’ book by the same name.

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EP 222 – MERRY CHRISTMAS BOOTCAMPERS

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Hey there Bootcampers!  We know this week has you busy wrapping up all sorts of things as you get ready for those Christmas Eve services and family gatherings. In this short EP the guys reminisce about some good ole 80s Contemporary Christian Music, share a few laughs and listen to Bob lament about his old BMW.

We pray that thru all the days ahead you feel the joy of the Lord, knowing that God sent his son, Jesus, to redeem and restore us into a right relationship with him.

Merry Christmas from the Bootcamp!

 

 

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EP 221 – SHARING THE PULPIT

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EP 221 - SHARING THE PULPIT
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Hey Bootcampers, thanks for joining us this week! Today after Jimbo recounts his misadventures with “hot chicken” the guys get down to the serious business of speaking about an important leadership move, sharing the Pulpit.  Do you share preaching responsibilities in your church?  How would you start? What is the benefit?  Listen in and follow along and be encouraged to take steps to add to your preaching team.

 

Why should you share the pulpit? 

    • Gives your congregation a diverse diet of preachers
    • It is an avenue for raising up, empowering, and sending out new leaders
    • Helps keep you in a humble posture
    • Creates space for personal renewal

Gives your congregation a diverse diet of preachers

    • Sometimes it can be helpful to hear from different but unified perspectives or styles 

Avenue for raising up, empowering, and sending out new leaders

    • Move toward decentralized leadership 
    • There is a shortage of pastors right now – there is no better place to raise them up than in local churches – normative-sized local churches
    • There is no better way to help raise up preachers than to let them preach 
    • It is a blessing to see others thrive in their God-given gifts and passions 

Helps keep you in a humble posture

    • Makes sure Jesus is the main hero
    • Sets the church up better for your eventual exit via death, retirement, or resignation. Every pastor is an interim pastor

Creates space for personal renewal

    • As wonderful as the opportunity and blessing to preach are it can become burdensome (6 weeks seems to be a consistent pattern from people I have talked with)
    • It can be very refreshing and encouraging to sit under preaching
    • It frees you up to spend more energy on other pastoral tasks instead of prep

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EP 220 SHARED LEADERSHIP

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EP 220 SHARED LEADERSHIP
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We hope you are well Bootcampers! Jimbo has been released from his quarantine and Bob is feeling a little under the weather, but do not fear loyal Bootcamper we held forth and produced another EP for you that is an important listen.

Leadership is often lonely and challenging, that’s why it is vitally important to learn how to share the burdens and blessings of leading the local church. In this EP we remind ourselves of Ezra and Nehemiah and how they each played an important role in leading God’s people.

Ezra is a pastor/priest who seeks to get others to take the Bible seriously, and live faithfully. Nehemiah is essentially a visionary who sees the need for the rebuilding of the ancient walls of Jerusalem.  Tim Mackie 

This restoration required, first of all, the rebuilding of the temple and the reinstitution of ceremonial worship. The two accomplished a lot, both had frustrations with those they led, some success and some failure – a real story of the reality of leadership.

Leaders, keep this in mind:

God uses Pastors and Civic Leaders

Both are needed for Kingdom work

Both are valued by God 

Each has an important task, a divine gift set, and a specific calling

Working together for Kingdom purposes

  1. Value each other’s gifting, call
  2. Collaborate and Compliment rather than compete
  3. Lead and follow – the best leaders are also great followers
  4. Recognize that absolute success is often measured in many cycles of victory and setbacks
  5. Keep the big picture in mind – Your God-given assignment is faithfully fulfilling the assignment God has given, success is being faithful.

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EP 219 WHEN PEOPLE LEAVE YOUR REPLANT

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EP 219 WHEN PEOPLE LEAVE YOUR REPLANT
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Hey there Bootcampers, we hope you had a great Thanksgiving. One of the realities of pastoring is this:  Sooner or later, someone in your church will decide they no longer wish to be a member of your church under your pastoral leadership. That can be difficult and discouraging, especially if you are early in the work of church renewal.  How can you respond?   The guys break that down in this important episode of the Bootcamp.

1. God brings sheep; God takes sheep

2. It’s difficult to keep the already departed.

3. Grieve their loss, but don’t despair

4. Send and bless those leaving

Here’s a blog on this subject.

Know this Bootcamper, you are not alone, we’re praying for you.  We’d love to hear from you and offer a word of encouragement or counsel, just drop us a line, comment or hit us up on the Bootcamp hotline.

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EP 218 – Grateful for you

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Hey Bootcamplers, we’re thankful for each and every one of you!  We took a few minutes to pause reflect and share our thanks.  Praying you have a blessed gathering time with church family and friends.

Jimbo and Bob

 

 

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EP 216 WHEN CHURCH LEADERS AND TEAMS DECIDE

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EP 216 WHEN CHURCH LEADERS AND TEAMS DECIDE
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Hey there Bootcampers, happy Fall! We’re talking about how to make decisions as you lead your church toward renewal. Our topic is consensus, what it is, why it sometimes leads you to decisions that may not be the best for your congregation. Listen in and join in the conversation.

Consensus = a general agreement, to arrive at an agreement about a matter, thing, or initiative….

Three Challenges

  • 100% agreement about something is impossible (stating the goal is arriving on something which you can all agree upon – may limit the best decision)
  • Arriving at agreement based on consensus may put us as the standard makers for decisions
  • Striving for consensus is good in principle, but it may leave room for people to withhold opinions and reserve judgment if whatever you decide doesn’t work out.

Three Correctives

  • The goal is the best decision that honors God and is consistent with his work and way. (it may go against your best-laid plans and best thoughts).
  • Getting to the best answer requires mutual submission.
  • Follow the lead of the Holy Spirit

What insights do you have? Has your team navigated the decision-making matrix?  We’d love to hear from you. Drop us a line, a comment, or a voicemail.

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