Today’s guest post comes to us from Peter Mead for EvangelicalFocus.com.
There are plenty of myths floating around. You may have heard of some. You may have thought of others.
Here are a few that bear a little bit of scrutiny. Let’s start with this one:
1. Since the preacher was led by God in the preparation, it would be wrong to evaluate the sermon.
That’s one I heard a few years ago. Astonishingly, it was spoken by a church leader in reference to a visiting speaker. The speaker had preached a message that was technically wrong in some details, but more overwhelmingly unhelpful as a whole.
I gently mentioned this to a more senior leader in the church who made it clear that it was not his place to evaluate what this godly man had been led to by God in his preparations. Huh?
Here’s one reason why this dear brother was wrong. The pastoral leadership of a church has the biblically defined role of shepherding the flock, which includes at least four elements. The shepherds, that is, the pastors or elders, are responsible for the feeding and leading of the flock, as well as making sure it is protected and cared for.
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