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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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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) “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: 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; Neither as being lords over God’s heritage, but being ensamples to the flock. And when the chief Shepherd shall appear, ye shall receive a crown of glory that fadeth not away.”  (KJV)

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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) “They that sow in tears shall reap in joy. He that goeth forth and weepeth, bearing precious seed, shall doubtless come again with rejoicing, bringing his sheaves with him.”  (KJV)

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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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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Encouragement For Pastors Working Public Jobs

Pastor Andrew SchankA vast majority of pastors work public jobs as they lead their congregations. Many men of God used to work, but now are able to be free from the public sector and are fully devoted to their ministries. Whether you are gainfully employed in a public job, or not, it is important to view this issue the right way.

ATTENTION: To all pastors employed on main street… there is encouragement for you even though you cannot spend all your time on church street!

Take courage dear man of God and think about the following suggestions. May they serve to encourage you to keep on the firing line!

Encouragement For Pastors Working Public Jobs

#1 – More Than Likely, You Will Not Always Work A Public Job.

Years ago, when I pastored a church in North Carolina near where I grew up, a preacher friend said something that really encouraged me. He stated that I would not always have to work a public job and pastor a church at the same time. Furthermore, he made it clear that I should enjoy that job because one day I will wish I had it back. He was referencing the fact that a job can be a stress reliever. The point is, dear man of God, enjoy your job… while you have it.

#2 – Remember That You Public Job Is A Ministry In And Of Itself.

Often overlooked and under appreciated is the fact that a public job is a great ministry for a pastor to have. Not only is it a ministry, but you get paid to do it! While faithfully performing your duties at work, you will encounter people that normally would never give you the time of day. People who would normally never take time to get to know you will open up and be a friend.

Pastor, please do not discount the fact that you have the PRIVILEGE to have a working ministry in the public sector!

It is through these working relationships that many people are saved, and even called to preach. I know of several men in our area who worked a job with a preacher and received Christ as their Lord and Savior. Not only, did they get saved, but they have been in the ministry for many years now. Pastor, please do not discount the fact that you have the PRIVILEGE to have a working ministry in the public sector!

#3 – Working A Public Job Does Not Mean You Are Second Class.

Anyone who attends national meetings, where big named preachers speak on the subjects of church growth and ministry, often leave more discouraged than when they arrived. For some reason the keynote speakers, usually full time pastors, forget where many of them came from. Though all did not have to work a job alongside their pastoral duties, several did. If you are not careful with your thoughts, then you will leave these meetings feeling like you are second class for working a public job.

Pastoring IS full time whether you work a public job or not.

Pastor, do not think that you are beneath full time pastors for one moment! God knows right where you are at, and has not forgotten about you. Think about it… pastoring IS full time whether you work a public job or not. If the truth be known, then you are probably making more of an eternal impact than many of the pulpiteers who grace the national conference circuits.

#4 – God Will Make Up The Difference.

The major point of contention for me in this issue is the element of productivity. I have always felt that I never had enough time for my family, work and church ministry. Though I felt this way, God always made up for where I lacked. If we are faithful doing what we CAN do, then God will be faithful to do what we CANNOT do! Pastor, just keep your eyes on the prize!

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Pastor, Please Convey Something That You Helps You Keep Going In The Pastorate While Working A Public Job!

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Originally posted 2010-09-07 23:01:00. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

Pastoral Leadership Gone Wild

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One does not have to look very far to find modern day examples of pastors and other church leaders who have made shipwreck of their ministries and lives. It seems like every month or two that some church leader is exposed for their embezzlement, adulterous affairs, or for their gross error in new doctrinal positions. It is bad enough for those who are close to the situation, but these type of situations wreak havoc throughout all of Christendom.

Samuel’s Boys

Like Eli before him, Samuel had a problem with wayward children. Not just any children, but his “Timothy’s”. These men were to judge Israel when he was gone. In fact, they were already serving in this capacity. These boys are said to have not walked in his (Samuel’s) ways, to have turned aside after lucre, and took bribes which perverted their judgment! This was a leadership recipe headed for disaster!

(1 Samuel 8:1-31 Samuel 8:1-3
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8 1 And it came to pass, when Samuel was old, that he made his sons judges over Israel. 2 Now the name of his firstborn was Joel; and the name of his second, Abiah: they were judges in Beersheba. 3 And his sons walked not in his ways, but turned aside after lucre, and took bribes, and perverted judgment.  

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We are shown, many times in the Scripture, how leadership affects people good and bad. Listed below are four common aftershocks of Pastoral Leadership Gone Wild!

  1. When Pastoral Leadership Fails, It Gives The Opportunity To Make Things Worse – Usually starts with the infamous, “Well, if he/she did that and they are “*#&^” then I don’t see why I cannot do the same!”
  2. When Pastoral Leadership Fails, It Gives Occasion For People To Overreact And Move To The Extreme – A strong willed pastors leaves, quits, etc. then usually the people opt for someone to the opposite extreme! Seen this happen time and time again!
  3. When Pastoral Leadership Fails, It Gives Satan An Avenue To Turn People To Wrong Leadership – More times than not, immature Christians will embrace weak/bad leadership when this happens. They are really vulnerable and open to answers about what happened. They usually get the wrongs answers… Satan sees to that!
  4. When Pastoral Leadership Fails, It Usually Keeps The People From Achieving The Same Spiritual Plain Of Leadership They Had Previous – The idea is that, “This time we will do it differently!”… and different it remains!

Conclusion

Samuel’s boys caused more problems than they realized. Not only did they dishonor God and their family name, but gave great occasion for Satan to swerve the masses away from Israel’s Theocracy! Israel went to Samuel and said they wanted a king to rule because he was too old and his boys were not right with God. Never mind they did not want to be right themselves. They just found opportunity to move their agenda forward. They wanted to be like all the other nations!

King David may have been a man after God’s own heart, but he was nothing like the King of all ages Who brought them from Egypt! Oh, how we who lead God’s people must be careful to stay right with God and follow in His footsteps! Otherwise it is Pastoral Leadership Gone Wild!

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