Church Issues, Pastoring

33 things I wish I knew when I started pastoring

• Vision leaks……so repeat it often (I define Biblical vision as an expression of how you make disciples within your context) (Proverbs 29:18)
• The Sermon starts in the parking lot (Make sure you have trained greeters, etc)
• Worship by definition is vertical (Psalm 99:5 )
• Get better not bitter – you will get hurt in life and ministry (Hebrews 12:15 & 2 Tim 4:14-15)
• People come for worship and quality, but stay for relationship (grow smaller as you grow bigger)
• If no outflow, in grow (raise the flag of evangelism often)
• Get buy in for major corporate decisions (even if not “required”) (Remember you have both “formal” and “informal” leaders)
• #1 priority for pastor is to keep his personal walk with Jesus vibrant (Proverbs 4:23 )(Paul Tripp’s book “Dangerous Calling” is helpful)
• Make disciples, not just converts (Matthew 28:19)
• Nothing has nothing to do with faith (“am I going to believe/trust God in this”)
• Generosity is contagious
• Word of mouth is the best advertisement
• Be as “simple” as you can in your discipleship model (say no to good so you can say yes to the best)
• Pushing out leaders creates more leaders (Connect Groups, campuses, etc.)
• You replicate what you celebrate (Celebrate stories of God @ work)
• Do your due diligence in putting a lay person in leadership and in hiring staff
• Never underestimate the importance of team chemistry
• Deal with anyone messing with the team unity (Titus 3:10)
• Strategic planning can be very helpful as long as it is prayed for, thought through, and measurable
• The people closest to you will make you or break you (get good people and help them flourish)
• Prayer is hard, but rewarding (Oswald Chambers – “prayer is an effort of the will”)
• You can be both missional and attractional
• Confront legalism with grace and truth (Matthew 23:1-36)
• Learn from everybody, but confirm with God (Proverbs 1:5, 15:22)
• Leaders create momentum – clear victories creates momentum
• Being busy isn’t the same as being productive
• Progress requires change (organizations and people resist change) (no progress, no growth, no growth, no life)
• Be courageous but not careless
• Mentoring and reverse mentoring are vital to the future of your organization
• After success, avoid the temptation of “maintenance mode”
• Spiritual warfare is real, particularly in ministry
• More people can handle failure well than can handle success (2 Chronicles 26:15-16 Uzziah)
• Even in multi-staff church, the effectiveness of the ministry is directly tied to the ‘ministry’ of the lay people (Ephesians 4:11-13)

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