My mentors in ministry constantly emphasized: “be a student of your craft.” The nurse, car mechanic, and the pastor share something in common, along with many other vocations. They are students and practitioners of their callings. The expositor is both a student and a teacher. The pathway to expository preaching is lined with books, so we give some of the weightiest attention of our vocation to reading.
As preachers, it should be our goal to teach sticky messages. We want our audience to remember the sermon. Nobody wants to spend hours every week to prepare a message that nobody remembers.
Mistakes are most often made when hiring is based on surface characteristics like stage ability, resume experience or fashion sense, rather than on the foundation of church culture. Your values define your church’s culture. Therefore, values should form the basis of your staffing logic, whether the prospective leader is paid or unpaid. Well thought-through interview questions, based on values, could be the difference between a perfect match and the perfect storm.
The issue of mental health and Christians is finally getting some attention. Among the Christians who have challenges, many pastors struggle with depression. We hear too frequently about a pastor committing suicide. And many wonder how such a tragedy could happen to someone whose life was committed to serving the Lord.
Many pastors and spiritual leaders work through the processes of their church or organization; however, they struggle sharing the vision with the masses, enlisting their support. Today, I want to provide you with six guidelines to follow in your vision casting.