Going through my Google Reader and hit up Craig Groeschel’s blog. As usual he’s got some excellent content. He’s doing a series on ‘Successful Ministry’ right now, that is so basic that it’s ridiculous. But I assume they don’t teach this stuff in ‘Pastor School’. Check it out:
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.