We have had the same wonderful pulpit minister for quite a few years. It has been beginning to seem that we are becoming a "Community" church. Our slogan it to "Be God's Church to the community." It is rumored that our pulpit minister earns $140,000/yr -- but "he's very involved in giving." We hired an "executive" minister" just over a year ago (I suspect he earned good money too), but he has been "let go" probably due to the economy. Our congregation has had an electrified choir sitting in the front row for several years. We have a female "Minister" of children's education. The preaching minister refers to the building as the "Church," as in "when we go to Church." The sign out from says "Church of Christ," not "The church of Christ meets here." The "purpose driven Church" is a phrase not uncommonly heard, and could be as referenced by the book, "The purpose driven life." Our female "entertainment and art director" has left, The head church secretary has left, (we still have two working) as have about 300 of the recently approximately 900 members, and the female children's minister is also director of the day school for up to kindergarten kids. It probably has 60 to 100 children five days a week. Several weeks ago (last time we attended there) there was a "Catholic Style) communion held, where row-by-row, members went forward for communion to be served to them by the six-or-so elders -- so we "could better focus on the meaning of communion." We felt it very distracting, and one could see many congregants returning to their seats with their hands folded, just as one is expected to in a Catholic Church. The minister doesn't always "bless" the congregation at dismissal, but does sometimes, and does not say "May" God bless America, but "God bless America," or "God bless us all," as if he's the Pope as has that authority.
We have felt for some time that this congregation is being hijacked and the other members might want to log in here to have a say in their opinion. We just found this sight last week.
The result has been to free up the elders to focus more on their pastoral care role and less on their oversight role. Two of our elders commit attending most of meetings for both the elders and the MCT to ensure these two key leadership groups stay connected
First, you shift the elders off to being SHEPHERDS and the ministry team under the master controls the agenda. This is not a Church of Christ.
There is no role of preaching in a church of Christ: the elders are commanded to teach that which has been taught.
There is no LAW OF GIVING other than free will offering; get the word out and stop enabling a wolf.
This is afflicted by the Missional ministry scam which restores the 5-fold ministry defined in Ephesians 4.
Paul in Ephesians 4 warned against what is happening in your church: you will notice that Christ's will is that the Elders as the only Pastor-Teacher is to teach what has been taught and that is to PREVENT exactly what is going on.
http://www.piney.com/Ephesians.4.Unity. ... rsity.html
The WOLVES have been let in by the shepherds: they need to wake up.
The VISIONEERING (not a word as missional is not a word) is to...
Discern where God is at work and join Him there.
Set Strategic Directions (Strategic is a Lucadoish warfare word)
See how Blackeby/King hallucinate that a "spirit" is leading their discerenemt. Jesus had the final Word and warned against "private interpretation" which is further expounding for pay.
Affirm ministry leaders. They have fired the Deacons. That is the role of the OWNERS: the members.
The "pastors" are just one part of the trinity leadership which is overpowered by the unlawful preacher and the staff under HIS oversight as he fleeces the lambs.
Get the word out: Jesus died to free you from the LADED BURDEN (performance worship) and the Burden Laders. Jesus called the Scribes and Pharisses, hypocrites and named "performance preachers, entertaining singers and instrument players. Ezekiel 33
I suspect that there has been a "frog boiling period" so that most of the people are intimidated by the preacher if he can fleece 140,000.oo a year out of the Widow's purse and the hard working, honest people.
The Cluster Coordinators "encourage new expression of ministry and allow old ministres.