J. Gordon Duncan

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Is a Good Man Hard to Find?

Good ManWhy another book about men, Godly men, training Godly men, elders, and all of that stuff?  The simple answer for another book is that we need to keep looking at the scriptures, looking at what we’ve done (and not done), asking good questions, and then we need to look at the scriptures again.

And hopefully, in the process, we will see Godly men grow, be raised up, and reproduce themselves for the church, for the good of everyone involved, and ultimately to the glory of God.

This book is a humble attempt at just those things.  Available July 9th everywhere, “Is a Good Man Hard to Find?” hopes to be an honest confession and guidebook to help us get there.

The cover art was designed by the ridiculously talented Jay Holmes, and any errors within are mine.  I’ve included the Introduction below to give you an idea of where things may go.  Thanks for considering this.

I’ve been through leadership training in a bunch of different arenas.  I’ve been to public school teacher training.  I’ve been to sales meetings.  When I managed an eye doctors’ office, I went to the optometric national conference every year.  As a seminary student, I was trained to death.

In the church, I was trained to be a lay ruling elder and a pastor teaching elder.  All of those involved tests, both written and oral.  Once I became a church planter, I was entrusted with the task of training elders and deacons.

I don’t tell you all of that to say that I know what I’m doing.  I tell you because at this point and time, I wonder if any of us do.

But this book is my attempt to explain things as I see it, and I hope that it will be of some benefit to you, to my church, and to the larger church nationwide.  You see, throughout pastor training (both for me and to others), I’ve noticed a couple of temptations:

Churches often ordain influential, successful men thinking that their earthly success and wisdom will result in spiritual success and wisdom.  That’s possible, but it doesn’t always work out.

Another temptation is to completely focus on doctrine thinking that a right thinking man is a Godly leader and shepherd.  That is possible, but that is not always the case (and it doesn’t always work out well).

Sometimes elders and leaders move from one city to another and think that they should already be made leaders in any new church that they attend.  Again, it might work out, but that kind of assumption doesn’t take into account context or mission.
So what do we do?  What do we emphasize while seeking to be fiercely biblical?

Well, in my humble opinion, I would suggest three essential qualities and one really strong recommendation in a Godly elder.  Now, let me say this.  These should be qualities that every Godly man aspires to, so they should apply to deacons, leaders, and men in general, but this book’s emphasis is on elders.

First, that man must have a personal holiness that enables him to lead his family in a self-sacrificing manner like Christ led the church.  We will call that Home Life.

Secondly, that man must have a firm and deep theology that is consistent with the body to which he hopes to lead.  We will call that Thought Life.

Thirdly, that man must have the ability to perform the office to which he aspires.  If he seeks to be an elder, he must be able to shepherd.  If he seeks to be a deacon, he must be able to serve.  We will call that Church Life.

And finally, I would suggest from both practical and Biblical example that that man should have non-wavering agreement with the specific mission of that church.  We will call that Community Life.

To get us there with these thoughts, we look at the biblical qualifications of a leader in scriptures.  Those qualifications will expound on the ideas surrounding our first two qualities (Home Life and Thought Life).  Then we will look at the ability to shepherd (Church Life), and then we will conclude by discussing the mission of the church (Community Life).

Hopefully, in the end, we will all walk away with Godly men who lead their families well, have a firm and consistent theology, who own the mission of their church, and have the ability to live out the office to which they take vows.

Thanks for taking the time to even consider these things.

Gordon Duncan
June 2013

July 2, 2013 Posted by | church, church planting, gospel, men, mission, missional, training men | , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Resources to Help You Fight

Sovereign King Church launched Fight Club about 6 months ago. Fight Club is a gathering of men for the purpose of Knowing Christ and Walking in Integrity. It is a safe place for men to encourage each other as “What happens at Fight Club stays at Fight Club.” We meet the first and third Wednesday’s of each month at the SK Worship Space.

Now that Fight Clubs are growing across the country in various forms and incarnations, more and more resources are available.

The excellent e-book by Jonathan Dodson continues to be a helpful resource. Once free, it is still available for a very cheap download or hard copy.

There is a Fight Club Blog where men can post encouraging stories or Fight Clubs in their area.

There is also a great section on the blog about how to organize a Fight Club if you are interested.

If you have any questions about SK’s Fight Club, don’t hesitate to ask or email me at jgordonduncan@yahoo.com

I’ll leave you with this helpful reminder about why we should fight…

“There are many things worth fighting for, especially in the church. Our churches should be filled with fighting – fighting for justice, for peace, for healing, for perseverance, for faith, for one another, and for the gospel. The problem is that most of us either don’t fight at all or fight for the wrong things. All too often Christians are either wimps or bullies. Wimps wuss out of the fight of faith, pathetically following the vain promises of the world. Bullies beat one another up over petty issues instead of fighting together. When Christians fight, very few fight in faith for one another.” Jonathan Dodson

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Why We Fight

Fight-Club-PlacardFight Club meets the first and third Wednesday of each month @ Sovereign King Church

Recently, Sovereign King re-launched our men’s study as a “Fight Club” branding it so because there we fight for what is important (our relationship with God, our families, our church, our jobs, etc).  We confess, encourage, pray, and struggle.  Now Jonathan Dodson’s “Fight Club” comes along to equip churches, and I can’t recommend it enough.

You can get the book free at http://bit.ly/ooQOE

“There are many things worth fighting for, especially in the church.  Our churches should be filled with fighting – fighting for justice, for peace, for healing, for perseverance, for faith, for one another, and for the gospel.  The problem is that most of us either don’t fight at all or fight for the wrong things.  All too often Christians are either wimps or bullies.  Wimps wuss out of the fight of faith, pathetically following the vain promises of the world.  Bullies beat one another up over petty issues instead of fighting together.  When Christians fight, very few fight in faith for one another.”

We recently added a new element to the SK Fight Club gatherings.  Since what happens at Fight Club stays at Fight Club, I can only share so much.  But some of the things that happen there are general, not personal, and can be shared.  These are some of the things we consider.  For example, if you are going to get in a fight and win, you need to be in shape.  Getting in shape requires discipline.  Fight Club prepares men for the fight.

If you get into a fight without training, you will get your butt kicked.  Even with training, there isn’t guarantee of victory.  You have to know what fight you are in.  As the old saying goes, you don’t want to bring a knife to a gun fight.  At Fight Club, we want to equip men for the fight whether that fight be leading their families, getting a job, being faithful to their wives, being a good student, etc.  To be ready for the fight, you have to overcome bad habits, laziness, and sin, so we have decided to focus our training on three areas:  reading the scriptures, praying, and exercising.

Fifteen minutes of each is sufficient to get started but finding forty-five minutes a day for these things is not easy.  So the challenge goes like this:  pick two of the three disciplines and spend fifteen minutes in them each day for two weeks.

For example, day one can be fifteen minutes of reading the Bible and fifteen minutes of running or some other physical exercise.  Day two is fifteen minutes of exercise and fifteen of praying.  Day three is praying and reading the Bible.  You then just continue through the cycle each day.

Most people, but speaking specifically to men, have problems remaining disciplined because their goals are unattainable or too large right off the bat.  Reading through the Bible in a year is a worthy and noble pursuit, but if you haven’t read the Bible monthly, much less daily, the chances of you meeting that goal are slim.

The idea with the Fight Club challenge is to make the goals both attainable and stretching.  It will take an immense amount of discipline and self-control to do this, but the payoff and readiness for the fight is worthwhile.

As we go forward, there will be more Fight Club challenges, and some of them won’t be things that can be shared on a blog.  My question for you, man or woman, is, “Who is challenging you to be prepared for the fight?”  If you aren’t preparing, you’ll lose.  If you think you aren’t in a fight, you have lost already.

Fight Club is for men.  We meet at Sovereign King Church the first and third Wednesdays of each month at 7:00pm.  Get in the fight. Find out more details at http://bit.ly/49dTR.

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