Christopher Brooks, head of Evangel Ministries in Detroit, and Pastor Mark Dever of Capitol Hill Baptist Church in Washington, D.C., have urged congregations to uphold their biblical responsibilities as members of the church by creating a "culture of accountability" for their pastors and church leaders.
The pair spoke at the Evangelical Leadership Summit hosted by the American Enterprise Institute, the two pastors who oversee inner city churches talked about an array of issues concerning pastoral leadership.
Dever said, "I think a lot of churches are dysfunctional because their pastors are terrible. And I would like to see more healthy pastors leading more healthy churches."
Dever explained how important it is for congregations to be vigilant in selecting a pastor, saying that when Jesus said "don't judge, He didn't say don't be discerning."
"Congregations have a responsibility to be discerning," Dever said. "One of the ways you begin is by teaching congregations the responsibility they have biblically."
"You hope one of the good things a ministry will do is raise up other good ministers," he said. "If you're in a church where you're looking for a pastor or are between pastors, go to a ministry that is healthy. Don't put an ad out in Christianity Today, talk to a church," according to The Christian Post.
Pastor Brooks also explained, "We may disagree on how you go about church governance, but I would say that every church needs to have a sense of strong accountability for pastors. I have a group of elders that I'm accountable to. So that way, I'm not the end-all, be-all at my church. I'm not the CEO of my church."
Brooks also later said, "You have to have a mature group of individuals who understand what the mission and the role of the church is. What this generation needs to see is not only orthodoxy, but orthopraxis. They need to see us practicing our faith well, and that's where church elders, church discipline comes in."