101 Ways To Become A Better Pastor In 2011

Do you want to be a better pastor? Do you want your pastor to be a better pastor? Of course you do! We would be crazy not to desire this!

As we approach this time of year, many of us try to take a spiritual inventory of our lives. We examine our strengths and weaknesses. Much thought is given to our past mistakes and how we can refrain from making them again. Conversely, we evaluate what we did right and try to improve even more!

The following list is meant to provide some seed thoughts to consider as one enters into this exciting New Year! Many more things could be expressed in this list, but we narrowed them down to these. It is our sincere desire that they will help you and your pastor this coming year!
101 Ways To Become A Better Pastor In 2011

Concerning Personal Life…

“The world has yet to see what God can do with a man fully consecrated to him. By God’s help, I aim to be that man.” – Dwight L. Moody (Story behind quote)

#1 – Spend QUALITY time in personal prayer… set specific goals.
#2 – Spend MORE time in prayer.
#3 – Try to read your Bible through, COMPLETELY, this year.
#4 – Spend QUALITY time in Bible reading and devotion.
#5 – Spend MORE time praising the LORD than anything else.
#6 – Memorize Scripture – Verse a day, week, month, etc.
#7 – Keep sins confessed.
#8 – Do not tolerate sins… besetting sins.
#9 – Exercise FAITH  in God’s integrity each day.
#10 – Obey the Word of God daily.

(1 Timothy 4:161 Timothy 4:16
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16 Take heed unto thyself, and unto the doctrine; continue in them: for in doing this thou shalt both save thyself, and them that hear thee.  

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) “Take heed unto thyself, and unto the doctrine; continue in them: for in doing this thou shalt both save thyself, and them that hear thee.”  (KJV)

Concerning Family Life…

“Home should be a place of mutual responsibility and respect, of encouragement and cooperation and counsel, of integrity, of willingness to work, of discipline when necessary, with the tempering quality of love added to it, with a sense of belonging, and with someone to talk to.” – Evans

#11 – Spend QUALITY time with your spouse.
#12 – Spend QUALITY time with your children.
#13 – Spend QUALITY time with your parents.
#14 – Spend QUALITY time with your siblings.
#15 – Pray TOGETHER as a family.
#16 – Have family devotions.
#17 – Express consideration toward each other.
#18 – LISTEN to family members.
#19 – Lead family by the RIGHT example.
#20 – Enjoy recreation time with family… OFTEN.

(Joshua 24:15Joshua 24:15
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15 And if it seem evil unto you to serve the LORD, choose you this day whom ye will serve; whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the flood, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land ye dwell: but as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD.  

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Concerning Leadership…

Speaking to the subject of becoming a spiritual leader, Samuel Logan Brengal said:
“It is not won by promotion, but by many prayers and tears. It is attained by confession of sin, and much heart searching and humbling before God; by self-surrender, a courageous sacrifice of every idol, a bold uncomplaining embrace of the cross, and by an eternal, unfaltering looking unto Jesus crucified. It is not gained by seeking great things for ourselves, but like Paul, by counting those things that are gain to us a loss for Christ. This is a great price, but it must be paid by the leader who would not be merely a nominal but a real spiritual leader of men, a leader whose power is recognized and felt in heaven, on earth, and in hell.”

#21 – Great “leadership” starts with great “followship”.
#22 – SEEK to be the leader God wants YOU to be.
#23 – Be yourself.
#24 – Don’t ask of others what you would not readily perform yourself.
#25 – Seek balance in your leadership.
#26 – Don’t exploit the mistakes and sins of others for personal gain and promotion.
#27 – Lead, don’t manipulate, drag and force.
#28 – Lead with confidence balanced by meekness and humbleness.
#29 – Emulate the positive aspects of other great leaders.
#30 – Embrace difficulties, trials, and persecutions as CHALLENGES not problems.

(1 Timothy 4:121 Timothy 4:12
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12 Let no man despise thy youth; but be thou an example of the believers, in word, in conversation, in charity, in spirit, in faith, in purity.  

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Concerning Pastoral Care…

“Faith is a life: Committed beyond its means…Expecting what sense cannot certify… Based upon God’s promise… Depends on God’s supply…Motivated for God’s glory…and Confident in God’s integrity.” Dr. Ken Connolly

#31 – Treat others as you would want to be treated.
#32 – Give folks the benefit of the doubt.
#33 – Spend time with your people.
#34 – Gain knowledge about your people and earn their respect.
#35 – Express concern when needed… some pastors never do this!
#36 – Practice impartiality.
#37 – Exercise patience with your people.
#38 – Keep PRIVATE things PRIVATE… never betray the confidence of others.
#39 – Always take the high road, not necessarily the easiest.
#40 – Be AVAILABLE.

(1 Peter 5:1-41 Peter 5:1-4
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5 1 The elders which are among you I exhort, who am also an elder, and a witness of the sufferings of Christ, and also a partaker of the glory that shall be revealed: 2 Feed the flock of God which is among you, taking the oversight thereof, not by constraint, but willingly; not for filthy lucre, but of a ready mind; which...: or, as much as in you is 3 Neither as being lords over God's heritage, but being ensamples to the flock. being lords over: or, overruling 4 And when the chief Shepherd shall appear, ye shall receive a crown of glory that fadeth not away.  

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Concerning Evangelism…

Robert Murray McCheyne was quoted as saying, “the saddest sight on earth is to see a dead preacher, preaching to dead sinners the living word of the living God!”

#41 – Remember where God brought you from.
#42 – Keep your tears.
#43 – Maintain your BURDEN for the lost.
#44 – Pray for BOLDNESS when dealing with the lost.
#45 – Handle sinners as a surgeon would a patient.
#46 – Don’t burn any bridges.
#47 – Witness daily.
#48 – Sow seed wherever you go – tracts, etc.
#49 – Be kind and genuine.
#50 – Remember that God, The Holy Ghost, drives the combine through the harvest field and not YOU!

(Psalms 126:5-6Psalms 126:5-6
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5 They that sow in tears shall reap in joy. joy: or, singing 6 He that goeth forth and weepeth, bearing precious seed, shall doubtless come again with rejoicing, bringing his sheaves with him. precious...: or, seed basket  

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Concerning Pastoral Influence…

“Leadership is the capacity and will to rally men and women to a common purpose, and the character which inspires confidence.” – Bernard Montgomery

#51 – Remember that you are growing your own crop of young people.
#52 – Keep all business dealings honest.
#53 – Don’t use your position for personal gain.
#54 – Don’t add fuel to the fire when there are problems.
#55 – Be a firm and solid voice for God.
#56 – You are the only Bible some ever read.
#57 – Treat everyone with the same courtesy as your dearest church member.
#58 – Conduct your affairs so as to be a positive influence on the next generation.
#59 – Try to train your “Timothy’s” with your life as well as your lips.
#60 – If there is a question mark, then do not proceed any further.

(1 Timothy 3:1-71 Timothy 3:1-7
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3 1 This is a true saying, If a man desire the office of a bishop, he desireth a good work. 2 A bishop then must be blameless, the husband of one wife, vigilant, sober, of good behaviour, given to hospitality, apt to teach; of good...: or, modest 3 Not given to wine, no striker, not greedy of filthy lucre; but patient, not a brawler, not covetous; given...: or, ready to quarrel, and offer wrong, as one in wine 4 One that ruleth well his own house, having his children in subjection with all gravity; 5 6 Not a novice, lest being lifted up with pride he fall into the condemnation of the devil. a novice: or, one newly come to the faith 7 Moreover he must have a good report of them which are without; lest he fall into reproach and the snare of the devil.  

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) “This is a true saying, If a man desire the office of a bishop, he desireth a good work. A bishop then must be blameless, the husband of one wife, vigilant, sober, of good behaviour, given to hospitality, apt to teach; Not given to wine, no striker, not greedy of filthy lucre; but patient, not a brawler, not covetous; One that ruleth well his own house, having his children in subjection with all gravity; (For if a man know not how to rule his own house, how shall he take care of the church of God?) Not a novice, lest being lifted up with pride he fall into the condemnation of the devil. Moreover he must have a good report of them which are without; lest he fall into reproach and the snare of the devil.”  (KJV)

Concerning Bible Study…

“Some people mark in their Bibles, but few are ever marked by their Bibles.” – Pastor Roger Baker

#61 – Involve yourself in Bible study DAILY.
#62 – Search for the hidden treasures of the Word of God for personal benefit… FIRST.
#63 – Preach from the overflow of study.
#64 – Some things you learn should remain in the study and not disseminated from the pulpit.
#65 – Share your study habits with all who will listen.
#66 – Consistently project a deep love for God’s Word when teaching and preaching.
#67 – Keep a journal of personal growth.
#68 – Keep a good filing system for things you learn today so they can be easily utilized tomorrow.
#69 – Read behind great men.
#70 – When you get to digging deep… come up for air from time to time. You might find that you are in an area all by yourself. I think you know what I mean here!

(2 Timothy 2:152 Timothy 2:15
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15 Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.  

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Concerning Ministry Vision…

“Achievements ordinarily follow in due course when a person, after planning his work, works his plan.” -Bowman

#71 – Have a vision!
#72 – Convey a clear message of your vision.
#73 – Pray, pray, pray, and pray over it. When you get done praying, then pray over it some more.
#74 – Encourage others about your vision.
#75 – Try to let others take ownership of the vision. Who cares who gets credit! After all, it’s ALL about JESUS and not us!
#76 – Keep the main thing the main thing.
#77 – Always found your vision upon Biblical precept, not your own premise.
#78 – Provide the means to get it done after counting the cost.
#79 – Inspire progress.
#80 – Prayerfully set sail in the direction that your vision is leading you!

(Proverbs 29:18Proverbs 29:18
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18 Where there is no vision, the people perish: but he that keepeth the law, happy is he. perish: or, is made naked  

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Concerning New Ideas…

“We have had enough of the program of Ahab and Obadiah: it is time to assemble on Carmel, and prove God by the test of Fire.” – Vance Havner

#81 – New ideas are not all bad, but are usually re-wrapped old ones. Be sure that they are not an excuse for failing to do the RIGHT thing.
#82 – Test new ideas by the SCRIPTURES.
#83 – Consider the ORIGIN of this new idea.
#84 – Consider the PROMOTERS of this new idea.
#85 – Consider the RESULTS of this new idea.
#86 – Consider the proposed BENEFITS of this new idea.
#87 – Consider the IMPLEMENTATION of this new idea.
#88 – Consider the LONG TERM EFFECT of this new idea.
#89 – PRAYERFULLY move forward with the new idea.
#90 – BE CAREFUL WHAT YOU ENDORSE!

(Ecclesiastes 1:9Ecclesiastes 1:9
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9 The thing that hath been, it is that which shall be; and that which is done is that which shall be done: and there is no new thing under the sun.  

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Concerning The Old Paths…

“Every farmer takes care of his “line fence” because it defines the borders of his farm. If all line fences were torn down, things would go on fairly well for the generation which knew where the fence used to be. However, there would be trouble in time to come with generations who never knew where the fence used to be.” – John E. Ashbrook

#91 – SEEK the old paths.
#92 – STAND in the old paths.
#93 – STEER others into the old paths.
#94 – STRUCTURE your ministry in the shadow of the old paths.
#95 – STRIVE to maintain the old paths.
#96 – SOCIALIZE in the old paths.
#97 – STRENGTHEN the influence of the old paths by living a clean life!
#98 – STAY of out the ditches by the old paths. EXTREMES lay on both side and are to be avoided at all costs!
#99 – STUDY the history of the old paths.
#100 – SOLIDIFY your position in the old paths so others will not move you.

(Jeremiah 6:16Jeremiah 6:16
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16 Thus saith the LORD, Stand ye in the ways, and see, and ask for the old paths, where is the good way, and walk therein, and ye shall find rest for your souls. But they said, We will not walk therein.  

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#101 – BE A READER!!!

“Reading maketh a full man; speaking, a ready man, writing, an exact man.” – Francis Bacon

“Read not to contradict or confute, nor to believe and take for granted, nor to find talk and discourse, but to weigh and consider. Some books are to be tested, others to be swallowed, and some few to be chewed and digested.” – Francis Bacon

(2 Timothy 4:132 Timothy 4:13
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13 The cloke that I left at Troas with Carpus, when thou comest, bring with thee, and the books, but especially the parchments.  

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101 New Year’s Resolutions For The Pastor!

Pastor Andrew SchankWith the New Year upon us, it is a great time to examine ourselves and make plans to start this brand new year with some renewed personal commitments or resolutions. More than likely, you will have seen or be familiar with most of the suggestions from our list. As a pastor, I am sure that you understand that making commitments or resolutions are serious business. The Scripture warns us against making vows unto God and subsequently breaking them (Ecclesiastes 5:4-5Ecclesiastes 5:4-5
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4 When thou vowest a vow unto God, defer not to pay it; for he hath no pleasure in fools: pay that which thou hast vowed. 5 Better is it that thou shouldest not vow, than that thou shouldest vow and not pay.  

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(Ecclesiastes 5:4-5Ecclesiastes 5:4-5
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4 When thou vowest a vow unto God, defer not to pay it; for he hath no pleasure in fools: pay that which thou hast vowed. 5 Better is it that thou shouldest not vow, than that thou shouldest vow and not pay.  

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It is the prayer and desire of The Working Pastor that you have a great New Year. We hope that there will be at least one suggestion from this lengthy list that will help you become a better pastor and spiritual leader. It should be noted that we, in no way, claim this list to be exhaustive nor do we feel that it is strictly for a pastor’s use only.

101 New Year’s Resolutions For The Pastor!

Concerning Prayer

1) To spend 1/2 hour more each day in worshipful prayer.

2) To purpose that each prayer session be an encounter with the Lord Jesus not ritualistic in form.

3) To start giving thanks for at least one answered prayer prior to asking for something.

4) To seek out other people and teach them to pray.

5) To begin each day with a season of prayer and singing before beginning the day’s chores.

6) To fervently pray for those we have issues with rather than mention their actions to another soul.

7) To pray for direction and wisdom concerning God’s Will rather than make decisions on a whim, spur of the moment and/or from our own inclinations.

8) To pray for revival in our hearts, family, church, local community and country.

9) To pray for the leaders of our nation.

10) To make prayer our priority, not our pass-time!

Concerning Personal Devotions

11) To spend a greater portion of our day in Bible reading.

12) To seek to be marked by our Bibles rather than to simply mark in them.

13) To keep a journal of each day’s activities and record answers to prayer.

14) To guard our personal time from intrusion from other non-essentials like the checking of email and Facebook games.

15) To find a way to incorporate the memorizing of a verse a week into our devotion time.

16) To endeavor to grow closer to the Lord Jesus by trying to apply the Scriptures we study each day into our lives.

17) To memorize the 66 books of the Bible.

Concerning Family

18) To have family devotions every day at a set time.

19) To spend more quality time with your spouse.

20) To spend more quality time with your children especially if they are under age.

21) To seek out more opportunities to be with your children if they have grown up and are out of the house.

22) To spend more time in prayer for and with your children’s decisions in their service for the Lord Jesus.

23) To endeavor to leave a godly legacy rather than mere riches and material possessions.

24) To seek more ways to serve your spouse, rather than always “take”.

25) Take time to speak with your family members and let them know how proud you are of them.

26) Never let a day go by that you do not tell a loved one that you love them.

27) Stay close to those distant family members and endeavor to stay in touch with them often.

28) Share answers to prayers with family members as well as prayer requests.

Concerning Evangelism

29) To seek to be spirit-filled BEFORE attempting to witness for Christ.

30) To endeavor to pass out at least 5 gospel tracts a day.

31) To try and take your family out visiting with you at least once a month.

32) Take your wife out visiting with you more during the week; if possible.

33) To study from a spiritual mentor, who is experienced in soul-winning, and try to use their strategies in evangelism.

34) Memorize Scriptures that are related to soul-winning and evangelism so as to help you while spreading the gospel.

35) Seek to win one person a month to Christ and begin to disciple them.

36) Be sure to leave a gospel tract on the table when leaving a restaurant.

37) Before leaving anyone’s home, be sure to ask if they know of others who need prayer and or a visit.

38) Buy a full page ad in your local newspaper presenting the Plan of Salvation.

39) Seek to do an “Operation Saturation Project” in your community this year.

40) Never leave your house or church without gospel tracts in you pocket.

Concerning Pulpit Ministry

41) To be more prayed up BEFORE entering the pulpit.

42) To preach with more passion for your people and their needs.

43) To give 1000 percent when preaching this year… acting as if each time you preached would be your last opportunity!

44) Seek to preach more in a simple and understandable way.

45) Seek to guard the pulpit from becoming a “Bully Pulpit”.

46) To be sure that the messages given are exalting Christ and not man.

47) To preach whatever God lays upon your heart… regardless of the topic!

48) Seek to preach the gospel rather than majoring on political issues.

49) Make sure that you or whoever preaches behind the pulpit God gives you, does nothing that would bring shame and reproach upon it’s dignity or Christ’s name.

Concerning Your Congregation

50) Take advantage of every opportunity you have to convey the fact that you love and appreciate them.

51) Be more forgiving with your congregation when they do things that you do not agree with.

52) Spend more constructive time in fellowship with your flock.

53) Give your full attention to individual members when they speak with you… no matter how busy you are.  Stay focused!

54) Send a letter of encouragement to each member from time to time.

55) Encourage your church family to give you ideas for ministry and such. People like to feel like they are contributing to what you are doing.

Concerning Missions

56) Take on a new missionary.

57) Visit one of your missionaries unannounced with a group from your church.

58) Call a missionary who is seeking support, which has not called you before, and give him a meeting with you.

59) Take up a special love offering for a missionary.

60) Seek to find an avenue to encourage a missionary’s wife and children.

61) Have congregation pray over a map of the world and seek to support missionaries on the continent that the church feels God is leading them to work on.

62) To be sure your missions program is not an appendage, but a vital part of your local church.

63) Have a Missions Conference, if you have not had one before or in a long time.

64) Seek to honor a veteran missionary with an award or something while he or she is on a furlough.

65) Involve more of your key people in the missions program in some way!

Concerning Personal Health

66) Do not be or stop being a glutton.

67) Seek to be in the best physical health as possible so you can be a sharper tool in the ministry.

68) Get adequate sleep.

69) Exercise more. Just going door to door soul-winning will keep you in good shape!

70) Don’t lose your testimony by over eating and abusing the body God has given you to serve Him with.

Concerning Sin

71) Be a friend to sinners, but don’t join them!

72) Seek to get victory of the sin that easily gets you.

73) Stop laughing at sin and start hating it like you used to!

74) Stay away from every appearance of evil.

75) Have compassion for the sinner… don’t hate him/her.

76) Don’t be harder on someone else’ sin than you are about yours.

78) Stop living a life that provides and arena of temptation.

79) Don’t excuse your sin, but rather admit it and confess it!

Concerning The Discipleship Of New Converts & Baby Christians

80) Lead by example, and not by word only.

81) Seek out one person to focus most of your time on and try to develop them and then duplicate the process.

82) Pray for each of your new converts EVERY day!

83) If possible, start a Sunday School class just for the new converts and baby Christians to get them grounded.

84) Help your new people find their spiritual gifts.

85) As you can, try to involve them a in ministry so they can develop their spiritual gifts.

86) Have devotions with them and allow them to ask questions.

87) Hold your people accountable and teach them to be faithful.

Concerning Your Personal Library

88) Try to save money just for purchasing books.

89) As with choosing friends, choose your books wisely.

90) Seek to be well rounded by buying good Christian biographies as well as commentaries, etc.

91) Don’t waste money by buying everything you see, just buy the books which God leads you to purchase.

92) Take better care of your books by keeping them in a good storage climate.

93) Make your personal library available to your congregation.

94) Don’t be selfish, give good books away to people whom you think God will use. Invest in their ministry!

Concerning Your Secular Job

95) Have a better testimony at work this year!

96) Give more than a day’s work for a day’s pay.

97) Seek to minister to the people you work with as if they were members of your congregation.

98) Be on time and faithful to work.

99) Guard against frivolous talk and bad humor.

100) Be positive at work and someone folks like to be around.

101) Be an employee that you think God would be proud of!

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Originally posted 2011-12-31 20:47:08. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

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