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Who are Worthy Servants?

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George

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Shalom everyone,

Since I've been asked, I'll post up a quick reference guide to what the different functions of ministry are.  We instituted a checks and balances sort of system at Worthy, so that no one person or persons have complete authority.

Worthy Steward -- That's me -- and why do I call myself a Steward.  It's merely because I'm a steward of the Lord's ministry.  It's not "my" ministry -- and not "my" work.  It's the Lord's work! :)  

Worthy Servants -- Those are Forum Moderators, who check reported posts, send PM's to keep the peace so to speak, and try to keep this "experiment " running smoothly!

Worthy Chat Moderators -- Those are Chat Moderators, who keep Worthy Chat clean, and help "steer" chat.

Worthy Watchman -- These are a group of "oversight" individuals, whose role is NOT to "moderate" but a means of checks and balances to the different moderators.  When things come up -- they are responsible to review Reported Posts, Moderator actions / inactions, and even comment as to "why" things were handled the way they were.

So in essence, the moderation team is a group of individuals who "volunteer" their time, and often get criticized no matter what they do!  Either they are moderating too heavily, not moderating too much, why is this "false" doctrine allowed to be discussed, etc. are some of the common complaints I've heard over the 15+ years we've run Worthy!  It really doesn't change over the years -- just the members.  Many people don't realize how much turnover there is on forum boards!  I'm not sure how many different moderating teams we've gone through -- but it's significant!

Past Moderation Style

We've always like to keep a clean board. and in the past we removed, hid, and deleted harmful posts.  However, when we do so, many people NEVER see how much moderating is being done behind the scenes!  How many posts are "cleaned up"?  The moderators have a few options at this point.  First, we'll send a Private Message, trying to "steer" people to what is and what is not acceptable.  If this doesn't work, then we will place individuals on "Moderator Review" for a certain period of time.  At this point, most of those individuals placed on Moderator Review never come back.  What most people do not realize is that "Moderator Review" is the last thing we really want to do as moderators -- because it increases our workload!  So what is changed?

Changes in Moderation

We are simply not "cleaning" up the board any longer.  If someone personally attacks someone, then we will simply leave the attack on the board -- EDIT the post -- leaving it intact, but commenting on the post that we as the moderating team do not feel this is appropriate, and the steps we've taken to fix the problem.  We'll send a Private Message to the offender, issue a Moderation point, and ban the person from the thread -- ONLY FROM THE THREAD -- not from the forums!  Just the thread itself!  How I believe this will help in the long run?

1st -- People will actually begin to see how much "moderating" is being done "openly"!

2nd -- By having posts NEVER hidden -- it'll be easy to refer to "past" infractions as a means of "instructing, and correcting".

3rd -- Hopefully people will change their posting styles!

People always try to "win a debate"!  In doing so, they forget that sometimes you win -- by laying down the fight for ANOTHER time!  Usually in the "heat of battle" a nasty thing appears -- PRIDE!  Do you not know that "pride is the source of all contentions!"  (Proverbs 13:10a KJV Only by pride cometh contention)  If you're truly wanting to change someone's mind -- you have to be CAREFUL not to offend.  Why?  As Proverbs 18:19 says, "A brother offended is more unyielding than a strong city, and quarreling is like the bars of a castle."  Remember the instruction that Paul gave to Timothy written in 2 Timothy 2:23-26, 

Have nothing to do with foolish, ignorant controversies; you know that they breed quarrels. And the Lord's servant must not be quarrelsome but kind to everyone, able to teach, patiently enduring evil,  correcting his opponents with gentleness. God may perhaps grant them repentance leading to a knowledge of the truth, and they may come to their senses and escape from the snare of the devil, after being captured by him to do his will. 

The hardest part of this passage is being "kind to everyone" and "patiently enduring evil!"  If the first reaction is to trade insult for insult -- then you're failing at being an instructor of the Word!  Notice how it concludes -- that God opens their hearts to the TRUTH -- it's not us -- it's the work of God!  However, we can do a pretty good job of "hindering" someone coming to the knowledge of the truth by purposely "offending" them!  Forgetting by offending them -- you're actually HINDERING the means by which someone comes to the truth.

If you have any thoughts, any questions, we're all about transparency -- so ask away!

Your brother in the Lord with much agape love,

George

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Amen:emot-heartbeat:

Thank you Jesus  for George for who he is and for his goal to serve you and to lead more people to Jesus:emot-heartbeat:

Thank you Jesus to be able to be part of Your  ministry in Worthy :emot-heartbeat:

Thank you  Jesus for all You did  (and still will be doing) for this  ministry to grow  it into what it is today:emot-heartbeat:

Thank you Jesus for giving us Your Son to die for our sins so we have everlasting  life with You for all eternity:emot-heartbeat:

 

Please God give me wisdom in  all my  interactions I have with people in Worthy   , that they may see You in all I say and all I do~~~~:emot-heartbeat:

Praying  that I may live in the pages of Your Word~~~:emot-heartbeat:

Thank you~thank You~thank you ~ for all You have done:emot-heartbeat:

 

 

 

 

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Thanks for bringing me up to date on these important facts.  I always wondered what a Moderation Point was.  And the transparency commitment is great.  I have noticed it once in awhile in the forums.

I do have one question concerning the 4 Worthy position titles . . . . . . . .  How often per week does a member need to visit Worthy to be considered for one of those positions. Do they need to sign in everyday?

God Bless             1x1

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Shalom 1xlis1,

The positions in the ministry aren't based on participation.  However, the more you post, obviously the better we understand individuals and make judgments based on it.

Your brother in the Lord with much agape love,

George

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I think it is important to remember that when we see a posting , that may represent a person whose heart may already be breaking. We don't have to fully understand or agree w/ their circumstances but we should make certain that are words are "salt and light" and not "salt in the wound".

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I love the way worthy chat and forums are run. I love the openness and transparency. Great job everyone!

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I agree with everything and I'm grateful to be apart of a place like this.

Thank you

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God Bless you and Worthy Christian Forums.

I've been a member for almost 3 years.

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17 minutes ago, Annette said:

I think it's great that people can be there for one another.

 

 

Welcome Annette :) 

I love Worthy too and I'm a member for many years....:emot-heartbeat:

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20 minutes ago, Annette said:

I think it's great that people can be there for one another.

 

Welcome To Worthy Annette!!

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17 minutes ago, Annette said:

Thank you for your kindness.

 

Your Welcome!

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On 10/26/2016 at 4:06 PM, shel said:

I love the way worthy chat and forums are run. I love the openness and transparency. Great job everyone!

Thanks, it is nice to hear that, and not the complaints!

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I am very new to this forum but I thus far very impressed.  I have approached and watched and read being somewhat guarded, but I feel that my guard is starting to come down.  

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A worthy servant is worth his hire.  Anyone who follows God' word, witnesses according to their gifts, stays in the Word, speaks with God and looks after his fellow man are worthy servants.  proof of this is their blessings, as God helps us daily.

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On 6/7/2016 at 2:19 PM, angels4u said:

Amen:emot-heartbeat:

Thank you Jesus  for George for who he is and for his goal to serve you and to lead more people to Jesus:emot-heartbeat:

Thank you Jesus to be able to be part of Your  ministry in Worthy :emot-heartbeat:

Thank you  Jesus for all You did  (and still will be doing) for this  ministry to grow  it into what it is today:emot-heartbeat:

Thank you Jesus for giving us Your Son to die for our sins so we have everlasting  life with You for all eternity:emot-heartbeat:

 

Please God give me wisdom in  all my  interactions I have with people in Worthy   , that they may see You in all I say and all I do~~~~:emot-heartbeat:

Praying  that I may live in the pages of Your Word~~~:emot-heartbeat:

Thank you~thank You~thank you ~ for all You have done:emot-heartbeat:

 

 

 

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Wow! What a prayer! May the Lord Jesus continue to shine his face on you.  May the Lord God continue to change you from glory to glory.  May his blessing continue to overtake you for blessed are you, O beloved of the Lord.

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On 7/21/2016 at 2:42 PM, encouragedon'tjudge said:

I think it is important to remember that when we see a posting , that may represent a person whose heart may already be breaking. We don't have to fully understand or agree w/ their circumstances but we should make certain that are words are "salt and light" and not "salt in the wound".

Words of a healer

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