When seeking a new pastorate there are number of classic mistakes that the prospective pastor can make, they can have dire consequences for them, their family and the church. This article, born out of experience helps you ponder these mistakes in the hope of helping you make good choices in God’s service.
When seeking a new pastor for your church there are number of classic mistakes that you can make; they can have dire consequences for your church and your newly appointed pastor and their family. This article, born out of years of experience helps you ponder these mistakes in the hope of helping you make good choices in God’s service.
If stress allowed us to die, perhaps a little sooner but feeling comfortable that we, as a Christian leader had achieved our full potential for God and made a Kingdom difference, then we might think the trade worthwhile. Unfortunately it is seldom so clean and tidy, and perhaps even less so when, well before any part of our bodies give up, burnout’s devastating consequences wreak havoc in the church.
The life of a Christian leader, especially a church minister, is surrounded by more than enough stressors for any ten others. What is more, they are often unobserved by them, their loved ones and their church board, waiting to strike. This may seem over dramatic but it is oh so real to oh so many.
The aim of this short series is to enable Christian leaders and those around them to be alerted to the risks and consequences of ministry stress and the devastation of burnout that so often follows.
Character and integrity are the great safeguards and health-giving boundaries to the use of power and authority as Christian leaders in the church. Christ likeness is maturity, bringing an inner security that acknowledges that we cannot reach any higher than ‘sonship’. Acceptance of ourselves with all our strengths and weaknesses, in the knowledge that we are his, and through Christ made acceptable to him, is a route to deep security and peace from which may spring true altruistic leadership and use of power.