Pastor Survey Results
Pastor Survey: (for questions see http://users.bible.org/form/pastors_survey )
We were overwhelmed by the wonderful responses to our Pastor/Teacher Survey. Thank you to those who participated. We asked you to name the top three needs of your congregation, offer some ideas and simple products that you felt would be helpful to increase readership and involvement. This is what we gleaned from your survey answers
You indicated the biggest needs are for revival within the local church and within those who are already committed to Christ. Building upon that we noted that another need is for what we will call a three pronged need: commitment; discipleship (for themselves and for implementing the Mat 28 command); and spiritual maturity for the flock.
Another need that came across is the need of priorities: God, family, church, and materialism at the very bottom of any list. They noted that this is the enemy of the heart and soul of families which then becomes the enemy of the church because it destroys the family continuity and removes or keeps workers from being committed to the task. Convenience seems to be the highest priority today rather than God.
Building upon the need of discipleship, many said that there is a real need for people to know that the Bible is understandable and applicable to every situation. Part of that scope is also learning that monetary stewardship is one key to practically testing/proving God’s faithfulness and also is a disciplinary tool used by God to mold His people.
Teaching the doctrines of the church, teaching how to tailor their faith message as they meet with others, how to disciple others, to see the heart of Jesus who said “the fields are white unto harvest, pray ye the Lord of the harvest to send workers into the harvest”.
And lastly a primary need was that the church has failed in the teaching and modeling of a daily quiet time with God. Today is no different than a hundred years ago in the church yet the intergenerational time frame and the model of the older teaching the younger has taken on a whole new set of fears, unknowns and a lack of respect one for the other. Therefore there is a need for mentoring.
Now how to address each of these:
- Live your life so that others see Christ within you. Be the lamp on the hill that cannot be hidden.
- Put a heavy emphasis on the teaching, persuasion, and put away the “childish things” of temporal examples and let the scriptures teach themselves.
- Include materials on leadership, how to teach apologetics, discipleship, theology, and evangelism so that the average congregant can understand and then implement those practically.
- Develop small group materials that will build upon #3.
- Develop self assessment materials on three areas: doctrine, relationships, spiritual transformation.
- Digital Bible Study software.
- When the NET Bible is updated please include more in-depth OT literal translation.
- Utilize the wealth of retired pastors to mentor new and younger pastors.
This is a large “grocery list” some of which we at bible.org are much aware of and are seeking to implement. Then too there are pastors/teachers out there that have excellent materials and we would like you to be aware that you can put these on our new sharing site we have set up on http://users.bible.org . We encourage you to upload your material. And lastly we are looking for a retired pastor who is computer literate to help us meet the needs of the local church and work with pastors that come to bible.org. Also we would like to set up pairing arrangements of older pastors with a young pastor in a Paul/Timothy mentoring relationship. If this sounds exciting to you, please post on the pastors users group . And in turn, if you are a young pastor and would benefit from this kind of experience please do the same.