1 Peter – Finding the REAL You
Growth Group Discussion Questions
Week #16:  April 29, 2012
“Church Leadership”

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Warm-Up
Who is the greatest leader you’ve ever worked with? Why was this person an effective leader?

Catch-Up
Reflect on the weekend message…  What did God impress on your heart?

Bible Reading & Discussion Questions
(Break into Tiny Groups of 3-5 people – all men & all women, if possible)

This they did, entrusting their gifts to Barnabas and Saul to take to the elders of the church in Jerusalem. Acts 11:30 (NLT)
Paul and Barnabas also appointed elders in every church. With prayer and fasting, they turned the elders over to the care of the Lord, in whom they had put their trust. Acts 14:23 (NLT)
When they arrived in Jerusalem, Barnabas and Paul were welcomed by the whole church, including the apostles and elders. They reported everything God had done through them.
Acts 15:4 (NLT)

1. In these verses, elders are spoken of as plural, not singular. Why do you think that is? List a few reasons.
2. Should a church view this example as a command for plurality or just a suggestion?

But among you it will be different. Those who are the greatest among you should take the lowest rank, and the leader should be like a servant. Luke 22:26 (NLT)

Don’t lord it over the people assigned to your care, but lead them by your own good example. 1 Peter 5:3 (NLT)

3. Here we see leadership in the church isn’t about power, but about service and example. Do you see this in the pastors at Evergreen?  Do you feel “served” or “lorded over”?

Preach the word of God. Be prepared, whether the time is favorable or not. Patiently correct, rebuke, and encourage your people with good teaching.  2 Tim 4:2 (NLT)

4. In the passage, we see sometimes it’s appropriate for pastors to rebuke. What’s the difference between being “lorded over” and “rebuked”?  When does rebuking cross the line into “lording over”?

Elders who do their work well should be respected and paid well, especially those who work hard at both preaching and teaching.  1 Timothy 5:7 (NLT)

In the same way, the Lord ordered that those who preach the Good News should be supported by those who benefit from it. 1 Corinthians 9:14 (NLT)

5. What do you think it means when it says “should be respected”? What are practical ways to obey this?
6. What do you think “paid well” means?
7. Who should provide the pastor’s salaries?
8. Read Titus 1:6-8, and List the qualifications of an elder in the above passage. (If you have time, compare to 1 Timothy 3…)
9. At Evergreen, we believe we cannot discern if a man fulfills the above qualifications unless his life is on display for a long period of time. That’s why we recognize pastors from within our congregation. What do you think of this? Do you understand/agree with the reasoning? 

Application & Prayer
Pray, out-loud, for all of our pastors, by name!


Follow-Up for 20’s Singles
At House Church last week, we introduced the “Follow-Me Challenge.”  It is a summer-long intensive of teachings, hands-on training, and fellowship to equip each of you to live out the Great Commission in your day-to-day lives and to impact the friends, family, classmates, and co-workers in your sphere of influence.  Meetings will be held Monday nights @ Evergreen-Lakeville at 7:00pm from 5/21 through 8/13.  Which of you is interested in joining?