How Often Do You?

Discussion in '2000-02 Archive' started by rlvaughn, Aug 29, 2002.

  1. rlvaughn

    rlvaughn
    Expand Collapse
    Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Mar 20, 2001
    Messages:
    5,139
    Likes Received:
    25
    How often do you pastors make planned or scheduled invitations to have other ministers in your pulpit to preach to your congregation [especially for the Sunday services]? What standards do you use to determine how often you will do this and who you will invite?

    This is related to, but different from, the Do You Mind? topic. Go there if you wish to express your opinions on ministers that are just visiting in your services.

    [ August 29, 2002, 02:14 PM: Message edited by: rlvaughn ]
     
  2. Pastor_Bob

    Pastor_Bob
    Expand Collapse
    Administrator
    Administrator

    Joined:
    Jul 15, 2002
    Messages:
    3,461
    Likes Received:
    45
    Brother,
    I have a Summer Revival each August to coincide with my anniversary as Pastor of the church. I bring in a guest preacher and guest singers.

    I try to have a Missions Conference each spring with a key-note speaker and three or four Missionaries and families.

    Then, I have Missionaries on deputation coming in every so often. I normally have them on Wednesday evenings or if they are here on Sunday, I let them have Junior Church in the morning and then present their work to the church on Sunday night.

    I normally do not give up my pulpit on Sunday morning unless it is during Revival or Missions Conference.
     
  3. rlvaughn

    rlvaughn
    Expand Collapse
    Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Mar 20, 2001
    Messages:
    5,139
    Likes Received:
    25
    Thanks, Pastor Bob. Let me clarify my question by stating that I mean the Sunday services.
     
  4. TomVols

    TomVols
    Expand Collapse
    Administrator
    Administrator

    Joined:
    Oct 30, 2000
    Messages:
    11,170
    Likes Received:
    0
    We typically have a guest for our annual Homecoming service. I also invite in missionaries when we have our Lottie Moon and Annie Armstrong missions emphases. Other than that, I do it only occasionally. For instance, I'm bringing in a denominational person who does financial seminars for a Sun evening next month. I also have people I can trust when I leave for vacation, sick, conferences, sabbatical, etc. I find this gives the people a variety, gives me time to refresh, but also keeps me in the proper place of fulfilling my pulpit mandate. I have found this to be the best way to go.
     
  5. Dr. Bob

    Dr. Bob
    Expand Collapse
    Administrator
    Administrator

    Joined:
    Jun 30, 2000
    Messages:
    29,402
    Likes Received:
    12
    In our ifb fellowship (Wyoming Fellowship of Baptist Churches) we have a "pulpit excange" Sunday each fall. Pastors go to other churches, swapping with them for the full day - Adult SS, AM and PM services.

    We are all within about 2-3 hours max, so no overnight is needed. It allows me to go to another church and preach one of the BEST and most blessed messages of the year for them. Then fellowship, eat dinner, and preach some more.

    At the same time, THEIR pastor is at my church, preaching HIS best sermon. BTW, we explain to our churches that these are the "home run" sermons, NOT the usual fare . . so don't hanker after somebody else's preacher!!
     
  6. SaggyWoman

    SaggyWoman
    Expand Collapse
    Administrator
    Administrator

    Joined:
    Dec 15, 2000
    Messages:
    17,933
    Likes Received:
    8
    Our pastor rarely gives up his pulpit, except for the following reasons:

    * he is out of town or gone on revival

    * Something with the youth or children is up. Or a music thang.

    * We invite a special guest,which is rare.
     
  7. Circuitrider

    Circuitrider
    Expand Collapse
    <img src=/circuitrider2.JPG>

    Joined:
    Aug 22, 2000
    Messages:
    729
    Likes Received:
    0
    In the past my policy has been to use very limited outside preachers for my Sunday services. I scheduled missionaries 9-10 times per year on Sunday nights and Missions Conference and Revival services two times a year. Other than that is was only for special times such as big anniversary or real special occasion. :cool:

    However, I have been rethinking that policy. :eek: On the missionfield I see mission churches developing their own preachers and building a group of men in the church who can preach and teach effectively. I know a church in our state where the pastor uses a number of his men on a weekly basis and is developing some men to be church planters themselves. [​IMG]

    I am undecided right now which is best. Since I am preaching in different churches weekly and not pastoring right now, I do not have to make a decision about what I would do, but I am keeping my options open. ;)
     

Share This Page

Loading...