May 2, 2022
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You are NOT safe without these

A safe structure for a healthy church attached for you to review.


We hear multiple times per year about pastors failing or falling to temptations.  It’s heartbreaking, and if we’re honest we all say, “that would never be me.”  Unfortunately, the fallen have said this previously as well.  Here is what my wife and I say, “never trust yourself.”  It’s so simple, but so profound all at the same time.  Being a pastor or leader can be a lonely and isolated place.  The enemy loves to get you out from under the shelter of relationships and play games with your mind.  This is where he wins against pastors and leaders.  So, how do you make sure to avoid this in your own life and ministry?  Two things:  accountability and structure.  

You might be asking, “how would those two things help me avoid destruction?”  Let me tell you, in brief…

Accountability is what everyone needs and nobody wants.  We want to rule our own domain, and it feels a bit trapping to have accountability in our lives.  Unfortunately, many people avoid it and fall.  We need people in our lives that will ask the tough questions and support us in our forward progress.  

The second and no less important is structure.  What I mean by structure is the process and system of your organization.  It is imperative to have a good structure to allow you to have the time that you need to relax, recoup and hear from God.  Structure, when setup well, will allow for this. If you do not have a good structure, you will weaken over time and the challenges will become more and more difficult to overcome.  

Attached is a simple structure that you can implement if you’re experiencing any of the above.  I call it the “the structure of a healthy church.”

Make it a great day!


James Boyd

Business Owner, Consultant, Author, and Pastor

In 2011 James Boyd and his wife, Tracy, moved their family from Michigan to Naples, Florida, to take the helm of a dwindling congregation struggling under the weight of financial deficit. Armed with faith, prayer, generosity—and a good dose of proven business experience—James restructured the internal workings of the organization in accordance with sound finance and business principles.

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