September 8, 2021
Keys to a Successful Church
What truly makes a healthy church? Is the people, the pastor, worship team? What is it and if identified, is it sustainable long term? Let us look at some passages that discuss a healthy church.
Healthy Churches grow in these areas.
● Empowers to the next level leadership
● Grow your identity to grow them spiritually
● Understand your culture
● Understand the sole of the church.
You must ask yourself, are these areas prospering?
• The departments
A clear sign that your church is health is that there is no backbiting but remember that division can come in at any moment. To prevent this, your Tuesday meetings needs to be with department heads to understand their needs so that your meetings always starts with leadership.
Clarification in Your Calling
You as the pastor must have a clear understanding of your calling to lead others to follow Christ. Here are some tips, warnings and encouragements as you seek clarification on your call.
- Understand who you are and who you are not.
- Implement because God has told you it’s time
- Don’t rush to implement because of flock pressure
- Protect Your Stamina
- Pride & Insecurity
- Don’t put pressure on yourself because God is doing the work through you.
- Have fun and be patient.
- Dream big
- Journal and look back
- Seek Counsel & Be Vulnerable
Preventing Burnout as a Minister
Burnout is one of the leading causes of pastoral failure. You must remember to keep your priorities in order. You must remember that the core of your job is to Pray, Preach the Word and Raise Up Leaders. As a result, you must keep up these spiritual disciplines. Food and exercise are essential for you long-term success in pastoral ministry. Also, you must learn to discipline your time with managing your calendar, working hard throughout the day, setting your calendar for office time, sermon prep, and even a sabbath. As a result, you will be able to know when you are booked up and be able schedule time off for your family to refresh. Time away is essential for a clarity of vision. You must learn to discern the difference between tired and being depleted. For example, think of your tanks like a gas tank. You have mental, emotional & spiritual tank. You cannot run on empty everyday.
Your Spiritual Authority /Accountability
Your relationship to your spiritual authority is only second to that of the Father. The vision is a transfer/implemented vision that combines with yours ultimately submits to the Father to grow the Ministry. You must allow your spouse to speak freely into your ministry. As a result, this will help to evaluate your past/ define the weakness/ put barriers in place to avoid falling into those areas. Ultimately, know that your spiritual covering is only as effective as the line of communication stays open.
Your Worship Leader
You must evaluate their relationship with Christ by asking is there worship Word based? Are they in the Word? Discern their ambition – where does it lay? Leaders who don’t worship – don’t have the relationship to withstand the attack.
Create a safe environment for leaders to grow by affirming their talents that God has equipped them. Also if they needing more responsibility in their current role. If God is placing it on their hearts for more, and they are humble and teachable, begin to groom them for their desire without setting a timeline for completion of that step. If the role is desire for Sr. Pastoral ship, youth ministry teaches them all they need to know. It teaches them how to pastor kids, families, parents while still preaching a weekly message being relatable to that generation of youth.
Remember to ask the question, of what have you led? Can you lead the one older, more successful, the executive pastor that you need who has more experience that you?
Your job as senior leadership is to cultivate where they are weak. Can they lead & feed? Define that and you have your job description development duties that need to take place.
Creating Longevity in Your Ministry
Create an environment of grace because this culture stems from the top or sr. down to the newest family.
• Don’t stretch your commitment – three to five is effective leadership past that delegate
• Find those you can trust and train them in the way they should go to support your vision
• Be willing to prune as to grow
• Submit to the season that you are in.
• Submit to Apostolic Oversight
• Submit to the Governance of the Church
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