Avoid Confusing What You Should Do Quickly And What You Should Not Do Too Quickly

Avoid Confusing What You Should Do Quickly And What You Should Not Do Too Quickly

 

What cannot be done too quickly:

  • Obey any of Jesus’ commands.
  • Ask new, potential leaders to start shepherding their own families.
  • Encourage seekers like Cornelius and Zacheus to host gatherings for friends and relatives to learn about Christ.
  • New churches send new members to witness to friends and relatives, including to other areas that need daughter churches or cells.
  • Begin mentoring potential leaders.
  • Recognize as a church any group of any size that obeys Jesus’ general commands.
  • Name as provisional shepherds those who meet Titus 1 requirements, as soon as any do.
  • Name as shepherding elders those who meet 1¬†Timothy 3 requirements, at least as rapidly as Paul did in Galatia.

What can be (and often is) done too quickly:

  • Name persons to be shepherding elders who only know how to preach well.
  • Organize regional associations of churches, creating political structures.
  • Start institutional training and education programs.
  • Bring in an outsider to pastor a new church that is not ready for a traditional pastor.
  • Build chapels.
  • Pay pastors to work full-time.
  • Organize Sunday Schools.

 

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