12 things a church should know about its pastor
EDITOR’S NOTE: The following article has already been featured on chucklawless.com.
My experience is that most churches want to love and follow their under-shepherds as they walk together. At the same time, however, I am concerned that sometimes the bench pastor’s disconnect is too broad to make a good team. With this in mind, I believe that many pastors should be even more open to sharing life with their congregation. So, I’m listing 12 things a church should know about its pastor.
- His conversion experience. Pastors often share their story in the recruiting process, but rarely after being hired. Therefore, many new church members do not know these stories.
- His baptismal story. People who hear pastors proclaim the Word should know this spiritual marker in the lives of their leaders. After all, baptism must be a witness.
- His strategy of spiritual disciplines. Believers need role models to help them read the Word and pray. The pastor who tells the church his strategy will give them ideas for their own life and increase their confidence in their spiritual leader follows God.
- The last truth he learned from the Word of God. Pastors should share the results of their studies with their congregations and show them the joy that comes from listening to God. Let them know that all believers should keep on growing.
- His sermon preparation strategy. When the church learns of a pastor’s work, they will pray more for him – and they may be more protective of his study time.
- His last evangelistic efforts. A congregation needs to know that its pastor is trying to reach the lost. Pastor, tell the stories, but do it without drawing attention to yourself.
- His last efforts as a disciple. Pastors should flow into the next generation of leaders. When the church knows that its pastor is raising leaders, they will think more about the future.
- His prayer needs. We assume that church members pray for their pastor, but they should do so generically if they do not know the pastor’s needs. Pastor, be prepared to share your heart a little.
- His day off. Pastors deserve a day off. His family deserves time with him alone. Pastor, tell your church about your day off and protect it as much as possible.
- His birthday and his birthday. Congregations should have the opportunity to celebrate with their pastor on these important days. In fact, pastor, let your church know about birthdays for your whole family.
- His reading list. Some church members will want to read at the same time. Others will just be happy to know their pastor is reading. Still others will start to read something because the pastor recommends it.
- His vision for the church. Church members want to know their pastor’s goals, direction, and plans for the congregation. Pastor, work with the appropriate staff and teams to get the church to embrace this vision.
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