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A New Testament Purpose – It Starts With A Mission

by Tim Woodroof – In the process of finding a new Senior Minister, most churches are ready, eager, and willing to jump right in. They are keen to start collecting resumes, calling references, and interviewing candidates. So when I suggest they slow down, many churches react with surprise and not-a-little disappointment. “Slow down?” they ask. “We […]

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What Time is it at Your Church? (part 1) – Seasons

by Tim Woodroof – There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens. (Ecc 3:1) I’m getting older. Can’t run as fast or long as once was true. I ache in places I never noticed before. I wear tri-focals. My memory isn’t what it used to be. (Where did I […]

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The Search Process (part 2) – The Right Stuff

By Tim Woodroof   –  “If you don’t know where you’re going, any road will take you there.” Even the smallest journey begins with a destination. We rarely invest time and energy to travel “spontaneously,” without any thought as to purpose or goal. Rather, with a destination firmly in mind, we get out our map (or […]

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Followship: Part 1 – A Crisis of Followship

by Tim Woodroof Open your Bible and show me a time when God’s people ever flourished in the absence of good and godly leaders. Point out an instance where “everyone doing what was right in his own eyes” resulted in kingdom accomplishments. Give me an example when murmuring, resistance, and revolt against God’s anointed leaders […]

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Followship: Part 2 – Selected or Called?

by Tim Woodroof May I suggest one factor that makes leading and following so difficult in our congregations today? We (at least those of us who belong to Churches of Christ) have no functional theology of calling. In place of such a theology, we have adopted the leadership ideals and perspectives of our democratized culture, […]

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Followship: Part 3 – The Difference “Calling” Makes for Followers

by Tim Woodroof In my previous blog post, I suggested it is helpful to believe spiritual leaders are “called” by God rather than “selected” by members, that church leadership relies on God’s election rather than ours. And I asked “What practical difference might this make for the leadership ‘culture’ of our churches?” I point out […]

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Followship: Part 4 – A Culture of Complaint?

by Tim Woodroof In the end, church leaders get the kind of followers they have fostered. If our churches are fractious, if members have difficulty with discipline and rebuke, if they feel perfectly free to share not only their opinions but their low estimation of the intelligence and spirituality of their leaders (and if you […]

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The Relational Search Process: Part 1 – The Good and the Bad of the Relational Search Process

by Tim Woodroof There are several paths a church can take when searching for it’s next lead minister: Grab the closest available minister and stuff him into the position whether or not he’s a good fit. (“God will make this work,” churches tell themselves, when what they are really saying is, “It will be a […]

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The Relational Search Process: Part 2 – Search Committees and Candidates

by Tim Woodroof Most ministry candidates (and every candidate who has been through a search process before) will tell you they prefer a relational search process. “Don’t judge me by a resume and a sermon,” candidates would assert. “Get to know me. Let me get to know you. Let’s talk … build a friendship.” Until […]

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The Relational Search Process: Part 3 – A Relational Search Process and the Next Generation of Leaders

by Tim Woodroof How does a church raise up the next generation of leaders, train them to think in kingdom ways, and form them into Christ-like servants to whom the future can be entrusted? Judging by our plans (or lack thereof), most churches seem to think the development of future leaders is largely a serendipitous […]

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