PBA Minister’s Council
“The gifts he gave were that some would be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, some pastors and teachers, to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ, until all of us come to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to maturity, to the measure of the full stature of Christ.” Ephesians 4:11-13
Rev. Dr. Donald D. Moore, Pastor of the Mount Carmel Baptist Church, was the presenter at the PBA Minister’s Council Meeting, which met November 9, 2016 at the PBA office. His topic was “The Church and Ministry Outreach to Our Communities.” Rev. Moore began his presentation by sharing from “TED Talks,” which is a social media forum. From “TED Talks,” we listened to Simon Sinek share his view on leadership entitled, “The Power of Why.”
Rev. Moore summarized and challenged us to consider the question, “Why do we (the Church) exist rather than What do we have to offer?” By addressing the “Why” we exist, each congregation can formulate programs, which will prepare leadership for ministry.
Rev. Moore then referred to the annual Mid-Year Conference when Rev. Dr. Marvin McMickle shared a paradigm for leadership from his book “Caring Pastors, Caring People.” His paradigm is made of three circles, which Rev More believes addresses the “Why” we exist question. In the inner circle, the Pastor cares for individuals (members and non-members) and families. The second circle has members care for members. And the third circle has the membership addressing and meeting the needs of the wider community.
Rev. Moore concluded by encouraging us to ponder the following: Learn the culture/spirit of your/our congregations, Allow the membership to use their talents without the micromanagement of the pastor and Devise and use an evaluation tool to monitor the efficacy of leadership programs.
The PBA Minister’s Council meets the second Wednesday every other month, September to May at the PBA office.
Plan to attend the Annual Prayer Breakfast at the next meeting on January 11, 2017.