Building Trust As A Pastor, Part 3: Elevating Others And Ministering Touch

This is my third post in a series focused on building trust and credibility as a pastor. What are the keys? What steps need to be taken? How do you as a shepherd and leader earn the right to lead those under your care? Let's continues to explore several trust-building strategies that can help each of us in this area. Trust-Builder #4: Intentionally elevate others above yourself. No one wants to follow a pastor who is constantly putting himself at the center and making everything about him. Are your positive sermon illustrations always about yourself? Is your manner of doing things always preferred over the way others would do them? When you speak about other leaders or churches in the commun

Building Trust As A Pastor, Part 2: Over-Communicate And Extend Lot's Of Grace

This is my second post in a series focused on building trust and credibility as a pastor. What are the keys? What steps need to be taken? How do you as a shepherd and leader earn the right to lead those under your care? Let's continues to explore several trust-building strategies that can help each of us in this area. Trust-Builder #2: Over-communicate everything. This is important for everyone who is part of your church, but it is particularly crucial for your older congregants who desire to “stay in the loop” with what is going on. This is one of the mistakes that I made early on as a pastor. I truly thought I was over-communicating with the congregation when in reality I was not. I quickl

Building Trust as a Pastor, Part 1: Encourage Your People Like Crazy

Over the past several years of working with pastors in different types of church revitalization contexts, the area of building trust and credibility is the one area, above all others, I have observed to be absolutely critical. This one area often makes or breaks a pastor’s ability to win the hearts of the people and thus effectively lead healthy change in a congregation, especially a struggling one. Like many aspects of pastoral leadership, trust and credibility cannot be established overnight. As much as we’d like for there to be one, there is no shortcut. But for the pastor who is intentional to do whatever needs to be done to earn the trust of the congregation, you will typically see a pe

So, what is "The Priorities of a Shepherd Pastor" all about?

So, what is The Priorities of a Shepherd Pastor all about? Simply put, it is a book about being a pastor. It’s a book about being a faithful under-shepherd of the Good Shepherd Himself, Jesus Christ. It’s a book about loving and leading God’s people with humility, joy, courage, tenderness and truth. It’s a book about making biblical preaching and persistent praying the foundation of your ministry, not gimmicks or the latest church growth fad. It’s a book about passionately pursuing lost and wandering sheep, while at the same time caring deeply for the most fragile and vulnerable in our congregations. It’s a book about being both ruthlessly biblical and at the same time relentlessly strategic

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