This paper represents a tremendous amount of work both in terms of data collection and scholarly analysis, please do not quote or copy this paper without contacting me, or giving either this site or my published works proper credit. This information is from and may no longer report accurate numbers, however, many of the general characteristics are still valid. Earlier versions of this article were presented at the ASR meeting and published in Religions of Atlanta.
But the objection was a good one: So what are the characteristics of the pastors who deserve to be entrusted with this kind of leadership mandate? They have impeccable character, and everybody knows it.
While they may arrive on the scene with their impeccable character developed, it usually takes a few years for the congregation to realize they have it. They have a deep-down biblical humility, which is not self-loathing, but an honest understanding of their strengths and weaknesses. They have a walk with God that lends credibility to their vision casting.
Moses had signs from God to build credibility. The leprous hand and rod-turning-into-a-snake routines were pretty spectacular. He also scaled a mountain which smoked and quaked and rocked out to the sound of a heavenly trumpet. He came down from the mountain with his face glowing.
They have demonstrated love and devotion to their churches with no sense of ownership or entitlement.
Pastors who truly love their churches will stay on if they are convinced it is the best thing for the ministry or move on if they are convinced that that would be the best thing for the ministry. Just about anybody can pump up some enthusiasm for a short sprint. Can you keep it going, because you have learned to rejoice in the Lord and enjoy Christ, for the whole marathon?
They have demonstrated skill in the nuts and bolts aspects of leadership. Leadership begins with a discontent with the present and a dream of a better future. Most of us have to demonstrate some ability to do these things on a small scale before our churches are willing to let us try it on a larger stage.
Are you a pastor who deserves to be followed?Leonard Franchi, Ed. This collection of official Catholic teaching on education is a rich body of work spanning almost the whole of the twentieth century, on the . Pastors who want to specialize may simply be out of date by the time they finish their training.
Through research, personal observation, and interviews with clergy who are widely acknowledged to be effective in leading the modern-era church into a postmodern ministry, I have developed a list of 12 characteristics of an effective 21st-century. Stetzer's discussion on postmodern culture and of the characteristics of postmodern generations is particularly helpful in making the churches rethink of their strategies in mission and church planting.
Screwtape Legacy by Sandy Simpson This DVD is a message based on this article.. The book by C.S. Lewis called "Screwtape Letters" was a clever idea in exposing a number of tactics of the enemy.
Six Surprising Traits of Effective Pastors.
Facebook. Twitter. Email. Print. This blog has looked at characteristics of effective pastors from different perspectives over the past few years. But this information may prove to be a bit surprising.
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