President, Wisconsin Family Action & Wisconsin Family Council
Founded in 2006, Wisconsin Family Action exists to inform Wisconsin citizens about pro-family legislative and cultural issues, involve Wisconsin citizens in activities that strengthen the family, prepare Wisconsin citizens for elections, as the law provides, and advocate in the state legislature on cultural and legislative issues that affect the family. WFA advances Judeo-Christian principles and values in Wisconsin by strengthening, preserving, and promoting marriage, family, life and liberty.
No, we are not talking about President Trump or Congress; we are talking about the hard-working, dedicated men who heed God’s calling to be a pastor. According to recent studies, many of these dedicated men are tired, discouraged, and often feel alone.
We have discussed the reality that there are some famous mega-church “celebrity” pastors who have adopted the church growth movement teachings of Peter Drucker, Rick Warren, or the Willow Creek Model. Some have amassed large churches where they manage affairs more as a CEO would, with concern about counting nickels and noses. Some of them live an extremely luxurious life – not wrong in and of itself – off of the money they have made.
But today, we look at the state of the majority: hard-working, dedicated pastors of generally smaller churches, committed to making disciples of Jesus Christ and faithfully teaching the Word. By most indications they are over-worked, under paid and growing more discouraged as the years go on. As church members, what responsibility do we bear in this crisis? And what can we do to come along side them and help?
We’re also joined by Julaine Appling of Wisconsin Family Action to discuss new legislative actions to increase abortion restrictions, explain the red tape in the U.S. Senate, and update us on a Wisconsin transgender case in a very liberal district where the school took a very surprising stance.
If anyone thinks himself to be religious, and yet does not bridle his tongue but deceives his own heart, this man’s religion is worthless. 27 Pure and undefiled religion in the sight of our God and Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their distress, and to keep oneself unstained by the world. James 1:26-27
It is a trustworthy statement: if any man aspires to the office of overseer, it is a fine work he desires to do. 2 An overseer, then, must be above reproach, the husband of one wife, temperate, prudent, respectable, hospitable, able to teach, 3 not addicted to wine or pugnacious, but gentle, peaceable, free from the love of money. 4 He must be one who manages his own household well, keeping his children under control with all dignity 5 (but if a man does not know how to manage his own household, how will he take care of the church of God?), 6 and not a new convert, so that he will not become conceited and fall into the condemnation incurred by the devil. 7 And he must have a good reputation with those outside the church, so that he will not fall into reproach and the snare of the devil. 8 Deacons likewise must be men of dignity, not double-tongued, or addicted to much wine or fond of sordid gain, 9 but holding to the mystery of the faith with a clear conscience. 10 These men must also first be tested; then let them serve as deacons if they are beyond reproach. 11 Women must likewise be dignified, not malicious gossips, but temperate, faithful in all things. 12 Deacons must be husbands of only one wife, and good managers of their children and their own households. 13 For those who have served well as deacons obtain for themselves a high standing and great confidence in the faith that is in Christ Jesus. 1 Timothy 3:1-13