Key Verse: Verse 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:”
Key Words: The elders which are among you
Now, this is a subject I know about since I am a pastor, and believe me, I’ve made my share of mistakes. But there are those mistakes that a pastor makes that can lead to discord in the congregation. Let me just name a few of them; and I think you will get the point.
The first mistake is operating the church as a dictator. The pastor is the “under-shepherd;” Christ is the Chief Shepherd. A shepherd does not dictate. They lovingly lead and the sheep follow. A dictator says, “It’s my way or the highway.”
The second mistake the pastor makes is ignoring his family. The pastor should always set aside time for his family. Not just vacation time, daily family time is also needed. Don’t forget to do things with your wife. She is the pastor’s biggest fan; don’t ignore her. The pastor should let the congregation know how much he loves his family, but especially his wife.
Third, it’s never wise for the pastor’s wife to operate as the “associate” pastor. Her primary role is their family. I have known some pastors who were unsuccessful because they let their wife in on too many of the “little” details of church business. The chief advisor to the pastor in church matters should be his staff and the church deacons. The best thing a pastor can do is protect his wife from all the little inner workings of the church and staff.
Fourth, follow up, follow up, follow up. It’s not the pastor’s job to do everything; but it is his job to see that everything is done. He should assign an area of responsibility and let those who are assigned get the job done. If they fail to get the job done; well, that’s another story.
Fifth, pray about everything!! Some pastors pray about nothing.
Sixth, the pastor should never make decisions on hearsay. Make sure you get all the facts.
Seventh, every pastor faces criticism. You can be like President Trump and attack back; or you can take the high road and leave your critics in the hands of God. Live your life so when people hear “bad” things about you, the congregation (as a whole) will not believe them. Some pastors feel as though they have to fire back at the critics. Not wise!!
✞ Live for Christ and remember, you face criticism as well.
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