Monthly Archives: July 2010

Women in Leadership!

I wanted to give a quick post about women in ministry today! 

Already I bet you have thoughts in your heads about where this could go! It amazes me that there are still conversations today about whether women should be in church leadership. Some people say yes, others say no, others say some types of leadership but not all!

I’m 100% on the side of yes women should be in ministry! In fact, the more women in leadership the better for the church. Women know how to organize, sympathize and any other ‘ize’ you can think of way better than men. Additionally, women don’t tend to have the ego’s us men have and they don’t go hide in their man cave when things get bad.

A church that has women as leaders is a church which will always get things done.

Now there are plenty of people who would say that women should not be in leadership because there was never an account of them in leadership in the bible. I can’t believe one would use such a baseless argument, but they do! Yet there was never an account of a youth pastor, children’s pastor, worship pastor or even a board in the bible, yet most of the people who are against women in leadership would say we need a board! Once more there are accounts of Christians having slaves in the bible; does this mean we should have them today? However, most churches do have slaves; they’re just called interns and staff!

Anyway, to get off my soapbox, I’m so thankful for the women in leadership around me! They help me become a better leader and I hope I help them become better leaders. They respond positively to me when I affirm and encourage then not when I demand for them to submit because that is what we believe the bible says!

One last thing, dude if you’re worried about women in leadership then you have some deep issues that you need to deal with right now, otherwise you will never be able to walk in the complete purposes that God intended for you!

Girl power!!!


God’s Calling And The Plough!

At the age of 16 I felt God call me into full time ministry.

For years I believed that call was working full time at a church and receiving a salary from a church. At the beginning of this year I left the ranks of the paid church pastor and became what I use to call a lay pastor.

For the first time in my life I realized that my full time calling never guaranteed a salary. All it meant was that God was calling me to live a life devoted to His service.

Last week my father sent me an email in regards to being a bi-vocational minister. As I read this email it started to raise the faith levels in me that you do not need to be paid by a church to make a difference for the Kingdom of God. In fact I was told by many that working bi-vocationally would hurt our church and I could only succeed if I didn’t have a full time job.

Well this email proved to me that it’s not whether you are full time or bi-vocational; it’s all about your heart and your passion. Here’s the email (warning, my dad calls me Alexander not Alex!):

‘Alexander, I was just thinking after reading about the exciting things happening with the launch of the new church, I know it can be difficult when involved also in secular work but God is the enabler. Both your Grandfathers saw their greatest church growth while still in secular employment.

Johann Sebastian Bach the great composer, for years was a teacher and organist in St Thomas’ School, Leipzig. For £125 a year he had to train the boys choir, play at services, Weddings and Funerals and most amazing of all, to produce a new composition every week to be sung and played each Sunday. In Leipzig’ Bach produced 265 church cantatas, 263 chorales, 14 larger works, 24 secular cantatas, 6 concertos, 4 overtures, 18 piano and violin concertos, 356 organ works: and 162 pieces for the piano. Bach’s masterpieces were produced all in a days work.

Saul went out with his fathers servants to look for the Asses (donkey’s) that had gone astray and came back anointed, with a crown and a Kingdom.

Elisha was at the plough. And Jesus told the story of the man who found treasure when he was ploughing or digging. So keep at the plough until God changes direction.’

I pray that as this email was an encouragement for me, I hope it is for you, especially all of you who volunteer your time each week unto the service of the Lord. Remember, all that you do for God is not in vain!

Is Paying Your Pastor Hurting Your Church?

One of the toughest decisions I have had to make in the last year for the leave vocational ministry and become a church volunteer!

Now notice I didn’t say leave full-time ministry, or leave the pastorate, just vocational ministry.

Getting paid to be a pastor is a perk, but it can also be the death of an authentic calling. One thing I noticed during my years of getting paid to be a pastor was that 80% of your job is doing something that you are not passionate about. You may say, well that’s ministry! I would say your wrong! That’s not ministry, that’s mans version of vocational ministry.

Since leaving the ranks of the paid I have realized that passion can so often be suffocated by ‘housekeeping items’. Hundreds of young pastors are leaving their calling every year because vocational ministry stuffed the life and passion out of them. Their calling was to be a preacher, yet they spent 95% of their week being a pastoral care counselor. Their calling may have been to evangelize but the constrains of administration zapped all their energy to tell others about God. Their calling may have been to pastor and shepherd those who are hurting, yet the planning of multiple events filled their schedule and their stress level that they no longer had time or patience with others.

Now I’m not saying it is wrong to be paid to be a pastor. I was and I think you have to be a very organized person to be bi-vocational. However, I do think that getting paid has caused us (the church) to think that pastors are the ones who do the everyday work and everyone else just volunteers on a Sunday. I wonder when this started to happen?

When I read the book of Acts I see a body of believers all working in their gifts, talents and callings. I mean Peter was called to lead and preach, he wasn’t organizing meals for the widows. John was called to be to public face of the church, he was found behind a desk crunching numbers. Stephen was called to coordinate meals, he wasn’t found sitting in vision casting meetings!

I wonder where the philosophy came that if you are paid staff then you are a counsellor, a teacher, a preacher, a pastor, an administrator, an event planner, a visionary, a CEO, a babysitter, a bookkeeper, a worship leader, an intercessor, a judge, a prophet, a janitor, and so on and so on.

I wonder what would happen if for a week there were no such thing as vocational ministers? I wonder what would happen if the church could no longer rely on the guy (or girl) who got paid to get the work of the church done. I bet either the church would fall flat on it’s back, or would rise up and work as a unique body with all the parts in motion.

I’m enjoying not getting paid, if only for one reason, I’m just one of the volunteers doing my unique part, everyone else on our team knows that they have to work just as hard as I am and it is creating a body that is starting to function just as the early church did, with all the individual parts working together to make an incredible whole!

Just because your Pastor gets paid doesn’t mean you shouldn’t be working any less hard than they do each week to make your church become all that Christ designed it to become!