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9 Things That Won’t Make Us Better Pastors—and 4 That Will

I want to be a better pastor.

I’m always doing everything I can to put more tools in my pastoral tool belt. I read the best books I can find, I seek out wise counsel, I take classes and go to seminars. All of these practices have helped me become a better pastor—some more than others.

But along the way, I’ve discovered that there are a handful of things many of us strive for that will do nothing to make us better pastors.

I’ve also discovered a list of things that we all know, but sometimes overlook, that will always make us better pastors—and people.

The first list is not exhaustive—it never will be. But I think the second one is. I offer both of them in simple lists because each one stands on its own.

What Will Not Make Us Better Pastors

  1. More people in our church
  2. More money in the offering
  3. A bigger building
  4. A bigger staff
  5. A better worship team
  6. A better website
  7. More invitations to preach/teach at camps, conferences and seminars
  8. Comparing ourselves with other pastors and churches
  9. An appearance on anyone’s list of biggest, greatest or most influential churches

Most of those things aren’t wrong in themselves. Many of them can be a blessing. But if you think you need any of them to have a better church or be a better pastor, you’re setting yourself up for disappointment.

What Will Make Us Better Pastors—and People

  1. A strong and growing relationship with Jesus
  2. A strong and growing relationship with our family
  3. A strong and growing relationship with our church
  4. A strong and growing relationship with people outside the church

The Basics Matter

Are you surprised by those lists? Probably not.

Disappointed by them? I hope not.

Are they worth reconsidering every once-in-a-while? For sure.

It’s easy to get lost chasing the newest, coolest or biggest thing. Or hanging on to old, stale methods. But nothing matters more than the Matthew 22:37-40” href=”http://www.biblestudytools.com/matthew/passage.aspx?q=matthew+22:37-40″ target=”_blank”>Great Commandment and the Matthew 28:19-20” href=”http://www.biblestudytools.com/matthew/passage.aspx?q=matthew+28:19-20″ target=”_blank”>Great Commission.

So what do you think? What would you add to the list?  

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Karl is the author of four books and has been in pastoral ministry for almost 40 years. He is the teaching pastor of Cornerstone Christian Fellowship, a healthy small church in Orange County, California, where he has ministered for over 27 years with his wife, Shelley. Karl’s heart is to help pastors of small churches find the resources to lead well and to capitalize on the unique advantages that come with pastoring a small church. Karl produces resources for Helping Small Churches Thrive at KarlVaters.com, and has created S.P.A.R.K. Online (Small-Church Pastors Adapt & Recover Kit), which is updated regularly with new resources to help small churches deal with issues related to the COVID-19 crisis and aftermath.