Deacon Election, Nomination and Service

This time of year, many congregations begin seeking deacons for service in the new church year. The nomination-election-selection-ordination process is as varied as Baptist churches these days. After 12 years as a deacon consultant, I do not know of a fool-proof...

Asking the Hard Questions of Your Church

For many church leaders, summer is the time of preparing for the new church year—leadership retreats, planning and evaluation. Let me raise some hard questions for assessing your church’s faithfulness in fulfilling the biblical mandate for the body of Christ....

Deacons Must Deal with Ministerial Incompetence

Deacons deal with more than the “power people” in the church. Unfortunately, they must also sometimes face ministerial incompetence. Leonard Sweet observed several years ago that most ministers were trained in seminary to minister in a church and world...