One of the great disappointments of any gathering of pastors is how much of the discussion around our tables, at our conferences, ministerials and seminars revolves around trivialities. We talk more about systems and programs, size of churches, staff hires, staff departures, grumblers and controllers, elders and deacons, ministry structures, what my friend Colin Marshall calls “Trellis Building” or “how to satisfy different groups” in our churches, than we do about Jesus and the wonder of the gospel.
There are exceptions of course. The Bethlehem Pastor’s Conference is one, but unfortunately, denominational conferences and local ministerials are filled with banal, soul-devouring trivia. There is very little discussion of a whole host of important and neglected topics:
- How do we exalt Christ better?
- How do we love one another better?
- How do we follow Jesus to the lost better?
- How do we call people outside and inside the church to repent and believe better?
- How do we bear with one another better?
- How do we believe the best in one another?
- How do we fight the temptation to gossip better?
- How do we wage war against pride?
- How do we cultivate humility, grace under pressure, and kindness toward the ingracious?
- How do we call mere males to become godly men with spiritual steel in their hearts?
It would be great to sit around a table with other pastors and just brainstorm about ten things we could do in our churches to exalt Christ as supremely valuable and worthy of not only passionate praise but a bold proclamation of the gospel outside the walls of our buildings.
So let’s start that discussion here. Let’s see if we can think of ten things to exalt Christ as:
- Supremely valuable and worthy of passionate praise, and
- Bold proclamation of the gospel outside the walls of our buildings.
- This isn’t a forum to exalt what you are doing but a brainstorm about what any church could do.
- This isn’t a forum to dump on things our churches are doing, but a positive affirmation of things we could do.
- End your comment with a prayer for the churches in your community to exalt the risen Christ.
John 12:32 (ESV)
“And I, when I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all people to myself.”