Monday is for Discussion
Mentor to Rob Bell, Ed Dobson speaking of the day, years ago, when a group of elders called Rob Bell out of California to take over the Saturday night young-adult service of the church with doubts about the depth of his knowledge of the Word of God.
“Not all of the elders felt like I did – some of them were concerned that he was inexperienced,” Dobson recalled about the start of Bell’s ministry in Grand Rapids. “But I told them, ‘Look, he can communicate. He really doesn’t know the Bible, but, if we can add the Bible to his communication skills, we’ll have a winner.’” (Excerpt from THE NEW YORKER MAGAZINE)
Opps. Sounds like Ed Dobson won the day on green lighting Rob Bell over his fellow elders and now has some regrets. We all make mistakes but it was for good reason that God inspired the Apostle Paul to write these words in 1 Timothy 3:6 (ESV):
“He [an elder] must not be a recent convert, or he may become puffed up with conceit and fall into the condemnation of the devil.”
Be careful who you are becoming.
Be careful who you place in leadership.
Be careful who you place in the position of teacher.
Senior Pastors and Elders:
The senior pastor, lead pastor, teaching pastor, lead elder or elder chair is not the “pope” of the congregation. Make sure you are wise in your choices of who to place in leadership.
All of Us:
Cultivate humility at all times.