The Bible has a number of clear expectations for pastors and leaders in the church. One of them is in 1 Timothy 4:16:
Watch your life and doctrine closely.
Persevere in them, because if you do,
you will save both yourself and your hearers.
The Bible says that our attention (or inattention) to our life and doctrine will have a direct impact on the salvation of souls. Wow! That’s why Malcolm and I were asked some very serious questions upon our ordination into the Anglican Church of Australia:
“Will you undertake such other studies as will help you in your ministry?”
“Will you constantly stir up the gift of God which is in you, so that you may proclaim the gospel of Christ?”
The answer we gave to these questions was:
“I will, by God’s grace.”
That’s why Malcolm, Barb and I are joining a 2-year course called the Incubator, along with 16 other Christian leaders in Perth. The Incubator is part of a church planting movement called City to City that began in New York City at Tim Keller’s church.
I am most looking forward to discussing key strategic issues with other church practitioners, like our good friend James Duff. I am also looking forward to being able to work through those issues with Malcolm and Barb for our context. We long to be strategic and effective in making disciples who make disciples for the generations to come.
The core units for the Incubator are:
- The personal life of the leader;
- Mission and evangelism;
- Making disciples;
- Transformational leadership;
I tell you all this because it is good for you to ‘look under the hood’ and look at what goes on behind the scenes. It is also to encourage you that we are investing in high-quality training in the hopes that we will be useful in God’s service. Finally, it is to invite you to pray for your leaders and for our church as we seek to be a blessing to Cottesloe and beyond.
We’d love to chat with you more about it after the service!