I was so BUMMED that I didn’t get to go to Catalyst West this year (or ever!). However, I did follow it on Twitter and kind of felt like I was there. One of the things that most caught my eye was that Mark Driscoll had his notes on the Resurgence website even before he spoke (even though he kept telling everyone that he wasn’t sure what the message would be about). My favorite thing about Driscoll is the amount of Scripture he uses to truly be the basis of his topic.
These notes in particular caught my eye as I am dealing with some crap in my life and need some direction from God asap! Maybe they will help you as well:
The basis of the message was “11 Things God Does for Church Leaders.”
Driscoll talks about how many ministry leaders:
- Burn up – physically
- Blow up – sinfully
- Give up – practically
I believe that this happens because so many things tell us to rely on ourselves instead of the one who put us there. As I was watching 30 Rock last night, I realized that I constantly tell myself that I shouldn’t be here because I didn’t earn being a BCM director (the episode of 30 Rock was all about “affirmative action” to make sure they hired all the racial discriminations to satisfy the critics! hilarious!). I still struggle with being humble…that’s a whole different post. The contrary is that God places people for His ministry…not ours. Check out the 11 things:
1. Jesus is the Senior Pastor of the church.
1 Peter 5:4 – “And when the chief Shepherd appears, you will receive the unfading crown of glory.”
2. The Holy Spirit chooses leaders for the church.
Acts 20:28 – “Pay careful attention to yourselves and to all the flock, in which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers, to care for the church of God, which he obtained with his own blood.”
3. God gifts leaders of the church.
Ephesians 4:11–12 – “And he gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the shepherds and teachers, to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ.”
4. God empowers leaders for the church.
1 Corinthians 15:10 – “But by the grace of God I am what I am, and his grace toward me was not in vain. On the contrary, worked harder than any of them, though it was not I, but the grace of God that is with me.”
5. God encourages leaders in the church.
2 Corinthians 4:1 – “Therefore, having this ministry by the mercy of God, we do not lose heart.”
6. The Holy Spirit speaks to leaders about the church.
Acts 13:2–3 – “While they were worshiping the Lord and fasting, the Holy Spirit said, ‘Set apart for me Barnabas and Saul for the work to which I have called them.’ Then after fasting and praying they laid their hands on them and sent them off.”
7. God gives wisdom to leaders over the church.
2 Timothy 2:7 – “Think over what I say, for the Lord will give you understanding in everything.”
8. Jesus joins leaders as they discipline in the church.
Matthew 18:20 – “For where two or three are gathered in my name, there am I among them.”
9. God answers leaders’ prayers for the church.
James 5:14–15 – “Is anyone among you sick? Let him call for the elders of the church, and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord. And the prayer of faith will save the one who is sick, and the Lord will raise him up.”
10. The Holy Spirit falls on Bible preaching in the church.
Acts 10:44 – “While Peter was still saying these things, the Holy Spirit fell on all who heard the word.”
11. The Holy Spirit says no to leaders of the church.
Acts 16:6 – “And they went through the region of Phrygia and Galatia, having been forbidden by the Holy Spirit to speak the word in Asia.”
Some good stuff here…what do you think? Which ones do you resonate with/feel empowered by? Which ones do you struggle with?
For me I really struggle with 4, 5, 9 and 11 because I just am so analytical that I need to “see” things. I am so glad that he used number 8 in context! Finally!
I really try to hold on to 1, 3 and 7 instead of working in my own futility!