Beauregard Baptist Association Ofc

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Beauregard Baptist Association Ofc
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735 West Dr
Deridder, LA 70634
(337) 202-4043
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The Warning Roar Written by Tim Patrick Recently I had car trouble. The wheel bearings on the front of my car went bad. For weeks before this failure, the car gave a “warning roar.” I thought the sound was coming from a bad tire or poor wheel alignment. However, a mechanic explained the roar was coming from worn wheel bearings. He explained that it was just a matter of time before I found myself on the side of the highway in a broken down car. This was an occasion when I was pleased with a “warning roar.” The roar saved my wife or yours truly from an unexpected break down. In life, we sometimes experience warning roars. In keeping with this automobile illustration we should heed the warning roars. The following are several roars. The roar of physical symptoms- Our bodies sometimes scream when we push them too far too fast. Symptoms could include, but are not limited to: shortness of breath, change in weight, lack of energy, dizziness, sleeplessness, digestive issues, and so forth. I remember an occasion when I experienced chest pains. I assumed the pain was due to a heart condition. After visiting a cardiologist I was given assurance my heart was okay but was warned about another condition. The cardiologist told me my condition was stress related. I was pastoring a church, working on a doctorate, being a father to two elementary age boys, and seeking to be a worthy husband. Stress! Go figure. The roar of relational issues- Such issues could be in marriage, family, work, acquaintances, or with neighbors. Relational issues result in chilly relationships, poor communication, conflict, resentment, and similar issues. Issues begin with a simple noise but often grow to a warning roar. Obviously such warnings should be heeded. The roar of emotional symptoms- Symptoms could include, but are not limited to: lethargy, feelings of discouragement or depression, spending excessive time on unproductive activities such as television, sleeping too much, wishing you could run away, and participating in harmful habits. Emotional symptoms can strike anyone. Professionals tell us that doctors, nurses, teachers, pastors, and those serving in helping professions are candidates for burnout. This is a debilitating emotional condition. Those suffering with burnout will face depression, lethargy, a desire to pull away, and other symptoms. Burnout is one example of an emotional struggle. The roar of spiritual emptiness- In I Kings 19 we find a perplexing story of Elijah, a man of God. Elijah had followed a strenuous schedule for a period of months (see I Kings 17-18) During that period of life he became spiritually dry. In I Kings 19:1-4 we discover that he was overcome by fear, paranoia, depression, and was discouraged by life. In short, he was empty. Life’s warning roar affects us in several ways. We are multi-dimensional creatures. Our lives consist of mental, emotional, relational, physical, and spiritual dimensions. When one dimension gets out of balance it affects all aspects of our lives. Elijah discovered that God cared about his imbalance. God gave him rest, refreshment, and renewal. The Psalmist once said, “In my distress I cried to the Lord, And He heard me.” (Ps. 120:1) The writer of this Psalm was distressed. The roar got his attention and he cried out to God. He, like Elijah, felt God’s comforting presence. My prayer is that all of us will heed the warning roar before a breakdown occurs. God may be allowing a period of grace to address a real need. As you face the days ahead, are there areas in your personal life that need a checkup (health, marriage, emotional dryness, discouragement, etc.)?

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A 4G church will have great-grandparents and toddlers loving each other without any trace of pretense.

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Most church members do desire to see their churches grow...until the growth affects them. It is at that point they can become disillusioned and critical.

Thoughts on Church Business Meetings Written by Tim Patrick Baptists are known for church business meetings. Unfortunately, much of what is said is unpleasant and we become the tail end of church jokes. The idea of business meetings began as a good idea. The intent of such meetings was to inform, involve, and include people in the inner workings of the church. These are noteworthy goals. The purpose of this piece is not to slam business meetings but to offer suggestions for utilizing a meeting as a worthy tool in the body of Christ. Consider these suggestions. 1. Limit the number of business meetings. Unfortunately churches fall into the rut of thinking they must conduct a business meeting every month. Any tradition that is over used will lose its value. Most churches do not have sufficient information to share or decisions to make to justify a monthly meeting. Thus a business meeting ends up being an empty ritual. Quarterly meetings are more than adequate in most churches. One church I served held business meetings once a year, except for calling a staff member, approving a budget, or changes in church polity. In this church the meeting lasted less than 30 minutes. I thought I had died and gone to Heaven. LOL! 2. Develop a leadership team to support the pastor in decision making. A leadership team can make simple decisions, such as a date for VBS, the best date for a revival, or how to avoid calendar conflicts with community/school calendars. It is unnecessary for the whole church to be involved in making small decisions. A leadership team will share a diversity of insights that will prevent planning mistakes. This keeps the church away from needless discussion over simple issues. It is much easier to get consensus in a small group than a large group. 3. Empower your leaders. Suppose five people are elected to serve on a properties team (committee). The proper approach is to choose them, give them resources such as a financial allotment, free them to do their job, and trust them. • Example: if you budget $1,000 for the property committee, it is foolish for the church at large to discuss changing a $50 light fixture. • Example: if a group is selected to serve as a budget/finance team (committee), empower them. Trust them to oversee this aspect of ministry. It is not necessary for every member of the church to oversee a budget or expenditures every month. 4. Establish guidelines that minimize the pressure created by business meetings. The guidelines will clarify which decisions need church approval. Guidelines such as suggestions 1-3 above give church leaders direction as they try to maneuver through this delicate area. 5. Encourage peace-keeping. Paul encouraged us to walk “with all lowliness and gentleness, with longsuffering, bearing with one another in love, endeavoring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.” (Eph. 4:2-3) “Peace keeping” helps to establish church guidelines, planning tools, and promote actions to protect such an important value. 6. Notice how people vote. People vote with their feet. People’s presence or lack of presence reflects the value they place on a business meeting. They may want to avoid conflict, be indifferent about church polity, or consider most church decisions to be unnecessary. When people do not attend business meetings, it is not our job to cast stones. Church leaders can lead the church to evaluate the necessity and guidelines for business meetings. We should go the second mile to protect the unity and testimony of our church. The church’s testimony is vitally important; therefore, this subject deserves our best efforts to use wisdom, communicate answers, and establish policies and procedures that protect this heritage.

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For pastors, though, Mondays can be days of heavy burden based on a weekend of ministry. Here are some things that might be on your pastor’s mind today: