Consistory Devotions

Setting the stage for godly leadership

The consistory devotions were written by the Consistory Empowerment Team, a group of RCA members who have served as elders and deacons in their own congregations. These devotions were designed to help consistories reflect on biblical leadership as they seek to discern God's will for the churches they serve.

Here's what a few people have said about the consistory devotions:

"We have appreciated how the devotions develop their theme and questions directly out of Scripture. The questions challenge us not to answer with trite or easy answers but to address the reality of ministry--its joys and struggles. I heartily endorse the devotions and encourage all consistories to make use of them. You and your congregation and community will be blessed to be a blessing!"
—Stan Seagren, pastor of Westdale Reformed Church, Hamilton, Ontario

"The devotions help those who serve do what they do best."
—Alice Williams, elder at Grace Reformed Church, Brooklyn, New York

"The devotions are inspiring."
—Douglas Banks, pastor of Grace Reformed Church, Brooklyn, New York

"The devotions help us to understand and utilize our gifts and all the church (the body of Christ) to have the right people in the right places as they serve in ministry."
                   --Sharon Atkins, pastor of Mansion of God, Brooklyn, New York

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Additional Consistory Devotions:

Team Building

Decision Making

Servant Leadership

The Values of a Godly Leader

Encouragement

Human Resources within the Church

Conflict and the Godly Leader

Scripture and the Godly Leader

Accountability for the Godly Leader

The Vision of a Godly Leader

Team Building

8These are the names of the warriors whom David had: Josheb-basshebeth a Tahchemonite; he was chief of the Three; he wielded his spear against eight hundred whom he killed at

Decision Making

1The words of Nehemiah son of Hacaliah.

Servant Leadership

1Now before the festival of the Passover, Jesus knew that his hour had come to depart from this world and go to the Father.

The Values of a Godly Leader

1O Lord, who may abide in your tent?

Encouragement

26When he had come to Jerusalem, [Saul] attempted to join the disciples; and they were all afraid of him, for they did not believe that he was a disciple. 27B

Human Resources within the Church

11The gifts he gave were that some would be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, some pastors and teachers, 12to equip the saints for the work of minist

Conflict and the Godly Leader

23So when you are offering your gift at the altar, if you remember that your brother or sister has something against you, 24leave your gift there before the a

Scripture and the Godly Leader

1 My child, if you accept my words and treasure up my commandments within you, 2 making your ear attentive to wisdom and inclining your heart to und

Accountability for the Godly Leader

1In the spring of the year, the time when kings go out to battle, David sent Joab with his officers and all Israel with him; they ravaged the Ammonites, and besieged Rabbah.

The Vision of a Godly Leader

1David assembled at Jerusalem all the officials of Israel, the officials of the tribes, the officers of the divisions that served the king, the commanders of the thousands, t