Management and Planning 1

Series: Management and Planning
Presenter: Alexander Strauch

Good eldership is good management of the flock of God. Good management will show itself in diligent leadership, following through with duties and assignments, and avoiding procrastination and passive leadership.

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Remember It

Contemplate these questions, then click on each question to see the answer.
1. Why do shepherd elders need to be effective in their management skills?
Like a literal shepherd, a shepherd elder has to manage people, money, programs, facilities and the gifts of the people. To not manage well will squander the church’s resources. It is part of the command to shepherd God’s flock.
2. According to the speaker, what is the most prevalent complain he receives from other people regarding their church leaders?
“The elders are not effective in their leadership.” “They aren’t dealing with problems.” “They are in a maintenance mode, and the church is going nowhere.” It is frustrating to the people.
3. Explain Romans 12:8, "the one who leads, with zeal."
Elders who have the spiritual gift of leading are to use this gift wholeheartedly, zealously, and eagerly. People are dying for diligent leadership. They want it and they need it.

Discuss It

  1. Why did the speaker spend so much time emphasizing the importance of follow-through with one’s responsibilities?
  2. Why does the speaker suggest that procrastination can be sin in the case of an elder and his responsibilities?
  3. What did the speaker mean by the phrase, “passivity is an enemy to leadership?”

Apply It

  1. Ask your spouse or a fellow elder if you are an elder that procrastinates or are you conscientious and diligent to fulfill your assignments?

Digging Deeper

A Shepherd Looks at Psalm 23, by Philip Keller.