As a seminary professor and church consultant, I hear a lot of questions about church. Here are some of the most recent questions (without my response). What are your thoughts about any one of these questions?
- Is it best to set a minimum age before a young believer is baptized? That is, how does a church determine when it’s best to baptize a child or teen?
- For what particular sins should a church carry out church discipline? All of them? Some of them? If only some, which ones?
- Should the pastor know what each church member gives to the church? Is knowing acceptable since the pastor’s the spiritual leader for the local body?
- With all the internet access to sermons, at what point does a pastor’s sermon become plagiarism? Must a pastor cite a source every time he uses one?
- Is there any such thing as a genuine co-pastorate where both leaders are equally leading? Or, is there typically one primarily leader in actuality?
- Can a church get too big? If so, what is that size limit?
- How do you convince an aging, ineffective pastor it’s time to retire? More and more churches are dealing with this tough question.
- How long should a church constitution and by-laws be? Is it best that it be shorter? More detailed?
- Is it wrong for a pastor to consider leaving a church while they’re still responding to the COVID crisis? If so, at what point would a pastor seemingly have freedom to go?
- How much time should a pastor set aside weekly to work on his sermon? And, how does he convince the church that he’s still doing his ministry from behind the study doors?
- Does the process of a stronger church “adopting” a struggling church promote a pastor’s kingdom over God’s kingdom? Some have argued that mergers build only the egos of stronger church pastors.
- Is revitalization of a declining church even possible? This question has usually come from an exhausted pastor.
Again, any responses to any of the questions?