CP 2: How to be more productive & move your people in the right direction

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Catagory: Pastoral Skills, Chapter 2: How to be more productive and move your people in the right direction


Pastoring sometimes feels like being on a treadmill, you’re exerting a lot of energy, but you’re not going anywhere.

Just because you’re busy does not mean that you are productive. The trick is not to work harder, but smarter. In fact, the smarter you work, the less number of hours you need to be productive. It is possible to be a better pastor in less time.

To be more productive and ensure you’re moving your church in the right direction, you need to focus on ‘The Three P’s.’

Product: Your product is people. But not just any people, you’re trying to produce followers of Jesus. Few pastors would argue with this. However, if you get a group of pastors together and ask them what a ‘follower of Jesus’ looks like, you will get different answers. That’s okay. What’s not okay is having some vague idea of what it looks like to be a follower of Jesus.

I suggest you draw up a list, don’t make it too long or it will end up being unattainable, of what practices, attitudes, and focus, a follower of Jesus should have. Is it clear to you what your product is?

Preaching: Too many pastors preach without purpose. There is often no rhyme or reason to the things they decide to teach on. Whatever you are trying to produce needs to be reflected in your preaching. You preach on ‘this’ to produce ‘that.’ Are you preaching with a purpose?

Programming: Just as there needs to be a purpose to our preaching, there also needs to be a purpose to our programming. We do ‘this’ because we are trying to produce ‘that.’ Ministries or programs in your church that do not reflect or produce your ‘that,’ need to be evaluated and sometimes eliminated.

Is there anything your church does that is not producing your ‘that’?

Do you know what your product is?

Are you preaching with a purpose?

Do your programs help produce the product you want?


This might be a great topic for discussion at your next leadership team meeting.


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