Four priorities for pastors – all beginning with “P”.
- Preaching: “God’s Word has always been His chosen instrument to create, convict, convert and conform His people.”
- Prayer: “Prayer shows our dependence upon God… it reminds us that converting individuals and growing churches are His works, not ours.”
- Personal Discipling Relationships: “in which you are regularly meeting with a few people one-on-one to do them good spiritually.”
- Patience: “Accomplishing healthy change in churches for the glory of God and the clarity of the Gospel does not happen in the first year after the new pastor arrives… Patience in the pastorate requires thinking in terms of twenty, thirty, forty, or even fifty years of ministry… Stay with them. Keep teaching. Keep modelling. Keep loving.”
To his four P’s I would add a fifth – Pastoral Visiting – systematically visiting every member of your congregation not just those who are sick or struggling.
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