For anyone interested in church planting, a highly recommended book is the David Cloud book “The New Testament Church.”
It will address common errors about it, and discusses sound doctrine. Who may lead it, who may not, church polity, church ordinances, and has a sample statement of faith, church constitution, and believer’s covenant in it that you can adopt or modify.
Here’s a quote from the book:
“Nowhere in the N.T. are deacons referred to as rulers in the church, and nowhere are they seen ruling over the pastors. Deacons are not rulers!”
Bad news for the SBC. I can remember a Deacon discussing the pastor with me, and he said, “I haven’t seen any problems with him that we needed to address with him.” In my usual blunt way, I answered him… “The Pastor is over the deacons, and not vice versa. There is no Biblical authority for a Pastor having to answer to deacons.”
My version of “how to influence people and win enemies.” If by win, you mean make people angry, yes.
This book is essential to any would-be pastor, and indeed, for anyone that is considering being a deacon.
The Deacon is roughly analagous to a SHammash in a synagogue. The Rabbi is the teacher and spiritual oversight in the synagogue, the shammash is the one who takes care of the synagogue, and the Cantor is the one who leads the prayers. These conform to that of pastor, deacon, and music leader. I specifically say “music leader” because a big misapprehension in Christianity today is that “worship” involves a massive production number designed to evoke emotional responses. I’ll have to deal with that in greater detail later on, but the way the word worship is used today is limited. To sit and learn doctrine is to submit, to prostrate ourselves before God. Literally, to listen to a sermon and follow in your Bible is to worship.
I think that church members, to get a better understanding of a church and their role in it, should also get this book. Available at way of life.org