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This week’s guest is Michael Lomax, the pastor of Westwood Baptist Church in Richmond, VA. Michael is a bivocational pastor who also works in the financial world. Serving in finances gives Michael the opportunity to meet people’s needs inside and outside the church.
Michael shares why he chooses to remain a bivocational pastor, some principles he's used to effectively equip the saints and identify leaders, why you should actually know what the constitution of your church says (whew!), along with some great encouragement for church leaders.
I hope this conversation inspires and encourages you today. Take a listen!
Some Key Takeaways:
1) Find individuals with business skills in your congregation and allow them to lead in your church with those skills. In Ephesians 4, Paul tells us that the leaders of the church are meant to empower Christians to serve with their gifts and talents so we can all reach maturity together. When leaders try to be all things, we not only burn ourselves out, but we keep others from fulfilling their callings from God.
2) We need to learn to “exegete” ourselves. Just as we do our best to properly exegete God’s Word so that we can pull out the best interpretation of Scripture, we need to also work to discover who God really made us each to be. We all have been uniquely formed and gifted and we need to learn to be ok with that so that we can maximize who God made me to be.
3) What is God trying to teach you through your church? Too many times we come at things with the idea that we have something to teach our congregations. God not only wants to use you to teach your church, but He also wants to use your church to teach you.
In a couple weeks, I'll be sharing my next conversation with Phillip Murdock, Lead Minister of Life Pointe Christian Church in Toano, VA and the Fire Chief of the James City Bruton Volunteer Fire Department. Phillip shares some great lessons he's learned in ministry and I'm excited to share this conversation soon!
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Joe Thompson is the pastor of Smithfield Christian Church in Smithfield, VA (Hamtown USA). Joe grew up highly involved church and knew from middle school that God had called him to ministry. Since graduating from Johnson University (Knoxville, TN) in 2002, he has been involved in student ministries in VA and NC and now as a lead pastor in VA. Joe also holds a Masters of Arts in Religion from Kentucky Christian University (Grayson, KY). Joe has been married to Beth since 2005 and they have two kids, Brennen and Allie. He also loves family trips to Busch Gardens and woodworking.