Episode 12: Community

Casey Coats is the teaching Pastor at Community Life. Casey attended the University of Texas at Austin, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in public relations. Immediately upon graduating from college, he began working on a master’s degree in theology from Dallas Theological Seminary, which he completed in 2010. Casey has been on staff at c|Life since 2007.

Pastors Who Work at Church but Don’t go to Church

  1. In ministry, we’ve created this this culture of complaint, and I have talked about this a couple of times on the show, just this idea that ministry is so hard and everything is so difficult. And when I have free time I just want to have my free time and I don’t want to be around more church people.
  1. An unwillingness to be open and authentic with people. We falsely if we’re vulnerable or if we’re honest or if we’re open or if we’re genuinely trying to pursue the Lord alongside of them that somehow there’s something wrong with that.
  1. If building a relationship with members just feels like a job, you will never successfully cultivate life giving relationships.

Cultivate Intimacy Among the Staff

  1. Have friendship and a history with each other
  2. Plan staff fun days
  3. Share meals together
  4. Work out in the open
  5. Higher qualified people you like.

Motivation for Holiness and Relationship

  1. There is a minimum bar of personal holiness and devotion to the Lord that if you don’t got that then you probably don’t need to be leading in influencing others in on a broad scale in their relationship with God.
  2. That being said though, pastors are no different than other people pastors are normal people. Our calling in ministry is not directly proportional to our level of holiness and righteousness and obedience in our life

Pastors That Struggle to find Community

  1. Feeling like we can’t be ourselves with our church. We put that on ourselves. It’s not that the church puts that on us. We put that on ourselves and It’s because we’re thinking about ministry wrongly we’re thinking about what spiritual leadership looks like wrongly.
  2. You should always be serious about pursuing the righteousness and holiness of God, but if that pursuit is tied to your position that is recipe for burnout and moral failure.
  3. If you’re in the “fishbowl” then you feel like there’s something about who you are that has separated you from everyone the result of that is intense loneliness.
  4. Whenever you place your faith in Jesus you become automatically a member of the Body of Christ. You don’t get a choice in that. You don’t get to opt in for that.
  5. Your usefulness and effectiveness in ministry and even your calling is not contingent upon your ability to maintain a level and standard of righteousness.

Let Your Pastor be a Real Person

  1. If you fire your pastor as soon as they expose some of their sins to you you’re not going to have a better Christian leading your church. You’re going to have a better actor. You’re going to have a better concealer.
  2. Be courageous. The Bible sets out for us how we’re supposed to confront and deal with sin within a community, that’s our first call. We must remain faithful to that and respect the work of the Holy Spirit and people’s lives you know.
  3. Some people need discipline and to be removed from ministry, but the goal for that is their restoration. That is the part we often forget.
  4. A good measurement of practicing that well is when you remove someone from leadership in your church do they continue to attend your church?

Accountability

  1. Go and confess, don’t wait for them to ask you.
  2. Confession is a gateway to freedom.
  3. Don’t take the easy way, get accountability from people you have a relationship with.

What discipleship really looks like

  1. Discipleship is at its best in Christian friendships. That’s all it is.
  2. The deeper and better friends you are with another believer the better the discipleship process will be in that relationship.

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