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57 Leadership Tips from a Veteran Pastor

1. Delegate.
Just because you do a job better than someone else does not mean you should do it.
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2. Follow-Up.
People do not do what you expect; they do what you inspect.
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3. Earn the Right to Lead.
Still your impatience and earn the right to the congregation’s trust before making difficult decisions.
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4. Appreciate Your Support Team.
A pastor depends on his wife and family, other ministers, and countless others in his service for God.
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5. Know When to Give In.
In some conflicts, maintaining harmony and unity is more important than being right.
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6. Learn from Your Failures and Go Forward.
“If you want to succeed, you must prepare to fail.”
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7. Discipline Yourself.
A great purpose drives self-discipline; you can tell yourself “no,” and you can bring yourself to do the hard thing.
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8. Remember Names and Use Them.
There is just no substitute for a pastor learning the names of the members, even if there are a lot of them. The payoff is well worth the effort.
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9. Sometimes Leaders Must Follow; Do It Well.
It takes great strength and maturity to recognize when another has the gifts and training to lead in a situation where you do not and to turn it over to him.
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10. Your Brother Is Your Partner, not a Competitor.
There is no competition between lighthouses, and there shouldn’t be between God’s family members.
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Joe McKeever has been a preacher for nearly 60 years, a pastor for 42 years, and a cartoonist/writer for Christian publications all his adult life. He lives in Ridgeland, Mississippi.