- Jim Townsley
- Mar 21, 2012
If you entered a fast food chain and asked for a hamburger, you would expect some meat between the buns. Your sandwich could look like a hamburger but upon closer inspection you may find very little beef. The outward appearance of the operation of the church may look great while in reality there is very little beef. On the outside it looks like church is being conducted, but on the inside very little is being accomplished.
A primary step to becoming a successful pastor is learning how to accomplish tasks. Preaching three sermons a week is important, but the ministry is more than preaching sermons. Soul-winning and visitation must be effective. We should desire fruit like Paul who said, "Now I would not have you ignorant, brethren, that oftentimes I purposed to come unto you, (but was let hitherto,) that I might have some fruit among you also, even as among other Gentiles." Rom 1:13 Going through the motions should be despised and guarded against.
Unfortunately, some preachers are merely looking for a job to provide an income and a place where they can be in full time service. But men who are successful are actually accomplishing something, souls are being saved, the church is growing, and families are being restored. If every church was scrutinized like a business many of them would be bankrupt, because they are poorly run and they offer no desirable product. Fortunately churches are not businesses, but nonetheless that is no excuse for any church not to produce something viable and desirable to its community. Many people are seeking something real in their lives and churches should clearly demonstrate they have the answer.
The real condition of a man's ministry must be determined by several factors. The following questions can serve as an aid to evaluate real progress.
1. How many souls have been saved?
2. What is the Sunday night attendance?
3. What is the Wednesday night attendance?
4. How many people go soul-winning?
5. What growth is being experienced in the believers' lives?
6. Are members giving faithfully and sacrificially?
7. Does the church contain young people and children?
8. Do the church services have a spirit of anticipation?
9. Is the music uplifting and evangelistic?
10. What has actually been accomplished during the previous year?
11. Are you maturing as the pastor of the church?
12. Are leaders being trained and delegated responsibilities?
13. Have young men and women surrendered their lives to full time service?
14. Is there a worldwide missions program?
15. Has the church saved money for a future building?
16. Are all the bills paid and up to date?
17. Has the community been contacted by mail and door to door?
18. Are members being discipled?
19. Is Jesus Christ honored?
20. Is the Lord's kingdom being extended?
Every church should evidence progress in most if not all of the areas mentioned. Failure to do so indicates the church is going through the motions without accomplishing any real goals.
Members of a thriving New Testament church will constantly be challenged by the preaching as well as the program and emphasis of the church. Where's the challenge? Ask yourself, "Where's the beef?"