Regularly ask yourself, “Is this really as important as I think it is?” Usually your answer will be, “No.”
If you don’t take control of your calendar others will try to.
Being a pastor means being accessible to your people but you must be accessible on your terms, not theirs.
Pastor tells me that each staff job description begins with these two requirements: 1) develop your soul, and 2) develop leaders.
It’s the pastor’s job to know what the track is and to keep the church on track. A church, left to itself, has a tendency to drift off tract.
It’s hard to believe God is good when it seems He’s treating you like He’s not.
There is a sacrifice one must agree to when entering the pastorate. For some this sacrifice will be greater than for others. Either way…all will sacrifice. We must prepare the next generation for the sacrifice that awaits them.
The answer is always “no” if you don’t ask. Don’t be afraid to ask.
You can’t close the back door. Even if you could, there’s no lock on it and people will open it and leave. However, that doesn’t mean we want to leave the door wide open. Find the little you can do with that door and do it, then don’t worry about the back door.
We must fight the temptation to give people answers when the real need is to help them think for themselves. It is easier for you to tell someone what to do (or believe) rather than to help them discover answers on their own. We need thinking Christians not parrots.