When God called you to the position you now have, He gifted you with what you need to get that job done. One of those gifts is the experience and perspective that those you are leading bring to the table. Their opinions are instruments for success not barriers or annoyances. With nearly every feedback you receive or comment you overhear there’s at least a grain (and sometimes a mountain) of truth. It is your obligation to receive that truth with grace.
A three-book set from the Crucial Questions series by R.C. Sproul is on sale in today’s $5 Friday sale at Ligonier.org (the complete set, as you may recall, is available free forever in various eBook formats). Also on sale:
- Recovering the Beauty of the Arts teaching series by R.C. Sproul (audio and video download)
- The Dark Side of Islam by various authors (ePub)
- Listener’s Valley of Vision by Max McLean (audiobook download)
$5 Friday ends tonight at 11:59:59 Eastern.
There are often several factors considered: (1) full-time vs. part time, (2) level of education, (3) location of church in the country, i.e. local economy, (4) average income of the membership, (5) level of responsibility, (6) cost of replacement of personnel, i.e. what others in similar roles in the area are being paid with a similar philosophy of ministry, etc.
Theological legalism is nothing new (and such is certainly not limited to the world of theology). Think of the Pharisees who, according to Christ, strained out gnats and swallowed camels (Matt. 23:24). To the theological legalist, there is no such thing as gnats. Christ spoke of the weightier things of the Law (Matt. 23:23). To the doctrinal legalist, all issues are of equal weight. Paul spoke of things of “first importance” (1 Cor. 15:3); to those who are theological Pharisees, everything comes in first place, there is rarely, if ever, a second.
My friend Steve Brown tells a story about a time his daughter Robin found herself in a very difficult English Literature course that she desperately wanted to get out of.
She sat there on her first day and thought, “If I don’t transfer out of this class, I’m going to fail. The other people in this class are much smarter than me. I can’t do this.” She came home and with tears in her eyes begged her dad to help her get out of the class so she could take a regular English course. Steve said, “Of course.”