In a recent survey conducted by the Francis Schaeffer Institute, it was discovered that 75% of pastors said that they felt unqualified and ill-prepared for ministry. The survey also discovered that 71% said that they felt burnt out and 30% said that they had committed a sin that was so serious that they should not be in the ministry anymore. While those numbers are a little bit subjective, it still highlights an important point: not everyone is called to lead the church. Not everyone should be an elder. There are certain behaviors that exclude a man from this role and one of them is the sin of disruption as Paul tells us in Titus 1:10-11:
For there are many rebellious men, empty talkers and deceivers, especially those of the circumcision, who must be silenced because they are upsetting whole families, teaching things they should not teach for the sake of sordid gain.
Paul says that the way to deal with disruptive men in the church is to silence them. The way to deal with those who upset families and cause problems is to take away their opportunity to speak. Not all unqualified leaders fall into this category but, for the ones who bring strife into the church, Paul tells us to take action. He tells us to ignore them (verse 14) and reprove them severely (verse 13), which is what we will be talking about this Sunday morning at Grace Fellowship Church.
This is the unpleasant side of church life. This is the unpleasant side of the ministry, but there comes a time for a church to remove a person from leadership. There comes a time for us to say to someone “You cannot teach us or lead us or shepherd us until you repent of this sin”, and this Sunday morning at 9:30 we are going to look at a clear example of that. As we continue our studies in the Book of Titus, we are going to look at what Paul says about dealing with disruptive people in the church. If you would like to join us, we meet at 46024 Riverside Drive in Chilliwack. Bring your Bibles and a heart that wants to learn because we are looking at some difficult things this week. They are rough and edgy but necessary for the good of the church. - Jeremy Cagle