Dear Mr. Pastor, Meet Captain Obvious…

Going through my Google Reader and hit up

The size of your ministry does not determine the level of your success.

  • Too many pastors have led large ministries while tragically failing personally and morally.
  • Too many have sacrificed their families all in the name of “church growth.”
  • Too many have lost their personal passion for Jesus while leading His church.

Successful ministries are built on Christ by leaders who do the small things daily:

  • They return calls and emails promptly.
  • They show up on time.
  • They pray for God’s guidance.
  • They love and serve people.
  • They study hard and preach passionately.
  • They have a consistent and strong work ethic.
  • They follow through on commitments.

You are successful when you:

  • Live daily with integrity.
  • Pursue Christ with all your heart.
  • Preach your best sermon to a very small crowd.
  • Visit the sick in the hospital.
  • Cry with the parents who just lost a child.
  • Forgive the church member who wronged you.
  • Give privately to someone in need.

You and those closest to you will know:

  • The sacrifices you’ve made.
  • The pain you’ve endured.
  • The hard decisions you’ve faced.
  • The loneliness you’ve felt.
  • The fear you’ve overcome.
  • The weight you carry.

When working with pastors, many are often looking for a “big win.” They want to have a big community event, a big servants’ banquet, or a big series that runs attendance higher.

While all these can be effective, I encourage consistency in the small things daily.

I’ll compare it to football. Most championship teams win games on many four-yard, six-yard, and eleven-yard gains. They might win one game a season on a last second hail-Mary pass, but most games consistently succeeding at the basics.

To me, this all seems like common sense. But I’m surprised by the lack of these things I see in my own life and by some other leaders I know.

Time to re-focus.

3 thoughts on “Dear Mr. Pastor, Meet Captain Obvious…

  1. Rakiesha

    There’s an article in the most recent edition of Sojourners on the online segregation of Christians. The author basically calls it the online equivalent of Dr. King’s quote, “the most segregated hour of Christian America is eleven o’clock on Sunday morning”. I thought you might want add your thoughts by blogging on this issue.

    Rakiesha Chase

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