Ok, they might not be secrets but they are counter intuitive. I’ve been privileged enough to meet, and get to know, many great pastors, and what separates them from the rest is probably not what you think. Sometimes we are guilty of judging a pastor or leader based solely on their public giftedness. In other words, we believe great pastors are great speakers or visionaries. While they probably exhibit those qualities, I have found 4 consistent qualities in almost every truly exceptional pastor that I know.
So many people think counseling is only for weird people with problems, but counseling for most pastors is their monthly detox from all the emotions and stress they carry around. It’s nothing to be ashamed or embarrassed of, as a matter of fact, it screams of security and health. Going to counseling provides you an audience with someone who couldn’t care less about your church “success” and couldn’t care more about your mental and personal health. Only 10% of ministers retire as a minister. That’s scary. We have to take care of ourselves.
Iron sharpens iron, and coaching sharpens leaders. Once a leader is confident and secure enough to ask for
I grew up in a “tribe” with the best singers and preachers you’ve ever heard. I’m serious. These men and women were the cream of the crop. Later in life, as I entered the ministry profession for myself, I began to reflect on the churches and incredible ministers I had grown up under, and arrived at a frightening question.
Why are all of these churches filled with the best talent not growing?
It didn’t make any sense. The best preachers and singers were preaching and singing to shrinking crowds, or plateaued crowds at best. I guess the reason this question was so scary for me is, because I had spent my ministry preparation trying to make my talent better. I was convinced taking my preaching or music ability from a seven to an eight (hypothetical talent scale) is what my church needed to take the jump to the next level. Boy was I wrong!
Think about this; Jesus was called the great teacher, but is that what made him great? The people say he taught like no one they had ever heard before, but is that quality what built the church that has changed the world over the last 2,000 years? I would argue no. If it wasn’t his teaching talent, what was it? I would argue it was his...read more
A few weeks back, I had the chance to be in Atlanta for some coaching with Matt Keller. Matt has been my ministry coach for the last several years, and his teaching has helped our church launch new services, break growth barriers, and most importantly helped me get to a healthy place and enjoy ministry again. During his teaching in Atlanta he explained his theory of the appropriate amount of risk leaders and churches should take, and I asked him take some time and explain this principle for the Forward Leadership readers. We have provided the "bell curve graphic" above for you to use as a guide for Matt's teaching. Enjoy, and take good notes.
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