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7 times when pastors are at their best

I read this over on the Leadership Journal blog. Jim Martin writes about what pastors and those in ministry look like when they are at their best.

I honestly believe most preachers, pastors, ministers, and church leaders in general want to do what is right. We get bogged down in systems and models of ministry that are choking the life out of the body of Christ. It might be helpful if we think about preachers, pastors, ministers, and church leaders the way they were meant to be. I want to refer to all of these roles as “Jesus leaders.” So, what were Jesus leaders meant to be?

(You may recognize these as Matthew 23 in reverse.)

  1. We are at our best when we practice what we preach.
  2. We are at our best when Jesus – rather than our own ego – is front and center.
  3. We are at our best when we help move men and women toward the kingdom of heaven.
  4. We are at our best when men and women in the community can really be better off because of our ministry.
  5. We are at our best when the people in our church can trust our integrity.
  6. We are at our best when we, as leaders, stay focused on what is most important.
  7. We are at our best when through our ministry the hearts and lives of the people are changing.
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