Role of the Pastor 6: Training

Part of your role is training the sheep.  You will be loved for feeding them, and hated for training them.  You are responsible for training the sheep to embrace and understand the culture of your church, how to behave at church, and how to live the Christian life.  The worst pastors are the pastors thatContinue reading “Role of the Pastor 6: Training”

Role of the Pastor 5: Feeding the Sheep

Shepherds have to feed the sheep.  That should be obvious, but there are a lot of pastors who are not feeding the sheep.  You cannot exaggerate how important it is for the pastors to feed the sheep.  You just cannot overestimate how important this is.  Your preaching to the gathering of the saints is soContinue reading “Role of the Pastor 5: Feeding the Sheep”

Role of the Pastor 4: Taking the Land

Part of being a pastor is taking the land.  God has given us a land of promises, but we have to take those promises and make the manifest in life.  Being a pastor means taking those promises and helping other people get into them and walk in them, it means killing the giants in theirContinue reading “Role of the Pastor 4: Taking the Land”

Role of the Pastor 3: To Divide Seas

  Part of your ministry as a pastor is to lead the people to green pastures and still waters.  You need to take your people out of the wilderness and into the land flowing with milk and honey, a land of abundance and peace.  This is part of being a shepherd to your people.  IfContinue reading “Role of the Pastor 3: To Divide Seas”

Role of the Pastor 2: Comfort

Psalm 23 says “The Lord is my shepherd… your rod and your staff they comfort me”.  A shepherd is responsible for comforting the sheep.  I’ve heard pastors say “I’m not here to make you comfortable” which is true in one sense, but at the same time a pastor – a shepherd – is there toContinue reading “Role of the Pastor 2: Comfort”

5 Things I Want to Tell Everyone About to Pastor

5.  Work hard.  Don’t be that guy who is last to church, preaches, let’s everyone else take the slack, ducks out early.  Seriously – just don’t.  People will tell you pastoring is hard work, and it is – but don’t become a prima donna.  Get in there and help set up the sound desk, stayContinue reading “5 Things I Want to Tell Everyone About to Pastor”

10 Great Quotes on Leadership

10 Great Quotes on Leadership 10. You manage things; you lead people. —Rear Admiral Grace Murray Hopper 9. The first responsibility of a leader is to define reality. The last is to say thank you. In between, the leader is a servant. —Max DePree 8. Leadership is the capacity to translate vision into reality. —WarrenContinue reading “10 Great Quotes on Leadership”

5 Ways to Grow Your Church in 2014

  I am currently – yes, on New Year’s Day – completing our church’s charity return for 2011-2012.  I am currently compiling data from December 2011, which is two whole years ago.  We are now running at 3 times as many people, 4 times as much income, and 5 times as many volunteers.  That’s notContinue reading “5 Ways to Grow Your Church in 2014”