The Call to Stewardship (Sutton Turner)

Today, me and the rest of our pastors are at Mars Hill Connect Day. Really enjoying the time with the team and what we’re learning. The first session was with the Executive Pastor of Mars Hill Church, Sutton Turner.

Here are my notes:

  • It’s all about Jesus
    • 2 Corinthians 8:9
    • Hebrews 4:14
    • 1 Peter 5:4
    • Everything that we do is all a response to what Jesus has done
  • Governance
    • Jesus is our senior pastor
    • Board of advisors and accountability
      • Approve budgets
      • Hold elders accountable, pray for the elders, they pastor the executive elders
        • Ask about the elders marriage, how their kids are doing
      • Executive compensation
      • Approve bylaws
  • Executive elders
    • Strategic decisions
    • Day to day oversight
    • Prophet, priest, and king
  • Full council of elders
    • Alter doctrinal statement
    • Approve Board of Advisors nominees
    • 60+ current elders
  • Advisory committees
    • Board of elders
      • 3 executive elders + 4 elders at large
      • Annual audit and budget process
      • Review audit
      • Senior ministry council
        • Oversees all ministry at mars hill
        • 3 EE + Executive directors
        • Ministry oversight
      • Leadership council
        • 3 EE + Lead pastors
        • Input on new initiatives & policy changes
        • Approve new elders
  • Executive Pastor
    • The executive pastor must complete the lead pastor, not compete with the lead pastor
    • Executive pastors love Jesus, love the church, and love their lead pastor
    • Guys that burn out as lead pastors, they are doing things that God has not gifted them to do and someone needs to step up and do those things
  • We are one church and we’re 14 churches
    • 2 Corinthians 8:13 – 14
    • Take the abundance of one church to offset the need of another church
    • The amount of staff a church gets is based on how many people attend, not based on money
  • Sowing and reaping
    • 2 Corinthians 9:6
    • Matthew 28:19
    • Core Four – this is what Mars Hill focuses on
      • Sunday services
      • Equipping & Training
      • Leadership development
      • Community
  • Stewardship
    • 2 Corinthians 8:20 – 21
    • Stewardship starts with Jesus
      • We give because Jesus gave
      • Jesus calls us to be good stewards
      • How are you doing?
  • Stewardship of people
    • Budget based on people, not church affluence
    • Staffing based on people, not church affluence
    • Compensation based on responsibility and external studies
    • Leadership development