Do’s And Don’ts Of Problem Solving For Pastors

If you are the pastor of a local assembly, then you ARE going to have problems. Problems occur because churches are made up up people, and people are sinners. Sinners are a sordid bunch sometimes, and they can be tricky to handle. As the leader of a congregation you have to be able to deal with all kinds of personalities and treat each person the way you would want to be treated. Tall order, isn’t it?

“It is not the absence of problems that generates success, but rather how you respond to the problems. A man who can handle problems usually makes a good leader.” – Dr. Roger Baker Vice President and Administrator of Calvary Baptist Bible College and Seminary

Listed below are some suggestions for what to do and not to do when faced with a problem. Please understand that I have followed the suggestions and achieved great success. I also have been guilty of doing exactly what is suggested to refrain from doing. With each infraction I absolutely blew it! Maybe, just maybe, you will not make the same mistakes?

What Not To Do…

  • Don’t open more wounds than you are able to heal at one time!
  • Don’t assume that YOU are right and THEY are completely wrong!
  • Don’t take sides with people to appease the situation!
  • Don’t march in with combat boots and start firing away at certain problems!
  • Don’t forget that with each problem you are setting precedent for future encounters!

What To Do…

When confronted with a problem, try to follow this simple guideline:

  1. Write the problem down on a sheet of paper…
  2. Pray about it…
  3. Make a plan for how to solve the issue…
  4. Follow Biblical principles…
  5. Seek God’s glory, not your own…


Nobody likes problems! Pastors face them almost daily and can get overwhelmed. Those who can endure the confrontation and make good decisions, are usually able to go on to fight another day. Many, however, fall under the weight and become casualties of the ministry. May you and I not be a casualty, but a victorious leader of God’s people!

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Originally posted 2011-01-10 00:01:00. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

The Importance Of Making Wise Decisions As A Pastor

The gut wrenching feeling you get the moment you make a poor decision is awful. It is almost like falling down a set of stairs! What’s worse is the insurmountable pride that keeps you from rectifying the the situation immediately. I have been there, done that, and have the scars tattooed upon my soul as a result. Wisdom just seems to escape me sometimes!

Every pastor knows that he will have a lot to give account for when he stands before the judgment seat of Christ. (2 Corinthians 5:102 Corinthians 5:10
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10 For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ; that every one may receive the things done in his body, according to that he hath done, whether it be good or bad.  

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) Though mere mortals, pastors have to be extra careful when making decisions. Many times the ones we make have larger consequences than realized initially.

Listed below are 5 questions to ask yourself before making decisions…

#1 – Is what I am about to do what CHRIST would like me to do?

#2 – Is what I am about to do in absolute agreement with the Word of God?

#3 – Is what I am about to do being done with a godly motive?

#4 – Is what I am about to do something I can live with?

#5 – Is what I am about to do something that will build up or edify God’s people?


While there are many other thought provoking questions you can ask yourself when making decisions, the list above is a good one to start with! Jesus warned about campaigning without counting the cost. (Luke 14:28Luke 14:28
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28 For which of you, intending to build a tower, sitteth not down first, and counteth the cost, whether he have sufficient to finish it?  

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) May each spiritual leader remember that when we make decisions, they affect more than just us. Every decision is important and must be made with surgical care!

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Originally posted 2011-02-01 00:01:00. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

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