ily and children. Do not destroy your family for the sake of pursuing ministry. Virtually no Christian leader sets out to destroy his family. The weight of ministry generally starts small, and over time, grows little by little. Best practices in Christian ministry require a Christian leader intentionally prioritize his own family as his first ministry calling. Just as church leaders must personally engage in regular prayer, Bible reading, study, and mediationâ€” purposely applying these truths to his own personal life, so also, best practices require Christian leaders intentionally prioritize family ministry as the first and most important ministry calling.
Guard Your Purity
Few Christian men or women serving in Christian leadership intentionally set a course pointing in a direction that clearly leads to sexual sin, yet, Christians leaders routinely disqualify themselves from continuing in leadership by engaging in this particularly insidious sin. Best practices in church revitalization and Christian ministry strongly suggest men and women should never be alone together with a person of the opposite sex. The writer of Proverbs warns the believer that one of the most effective means of preventing sexual sin, is to limit temptation (Proverbs 5:1-13; 6:20-35). Protect your moral purity, your family, and your ministry by refusing to spend time alone with a person of the opposite sex. Do not even eat lunch in a public venue where the meeting entails only you and a person of the opposite sex. Best practices guard your sexual purity.
Guard Your Integrity
Guard your personal integrity with the same fervency that you guard your sexual purity. Compromising your integrity will ruin your ministry as quickly as sexual sin. Effective church revitalizers bathe their ministries in grace. Yet, the apostle Paul describes one area where best practices require a swift response (Romans 16:17-18). Church revitalizers often serve within a volatile atmosphere and will not receive the same level of latitude often given an established pastor in a healthy congregation. As such, church revitalizers must act quickly to address those creating division in the local church. Paul instructs Christian leaders to avoid them as much as possible, and, when warranted, those causing division must be
addressed (usually more quickly than slowly) through biblical church discipline. Those creating division will often attack church leadership. Best practices require Christian leaders closely guard their integrity.
No matter your age or experience, no Christian leader ever becomes immune to sin or temptation. Protect your ministry by guarding your personal walk with Christ. Protect your ministry by guarding your family. Protect your ministry by guarding your purity. Protect your ministry by guarding your integrity. Run a good race. Win many for the kingdom!
Chad McCarthy is the lead pastor at Faith Baptist in Chetek, Wisconsin. Prior to pastoring in Wisconsin, Chad served in church planting for about fifteen years. He has also spent time on the mission field teaching English as a second language. He earned his Master of Divinity at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and is working on his Ph.D. in Missiology through Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. Chad is passionate about how discipleship fuels biblical church revitalization. Chad is married to Heather. They have six children.
The Best Practices for Church Revitalization and Renewal