10 Things Church Members Want from Their Pastor

Episode #330
May 23, 2017
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Podcast Episode #330

Ever wondered what your church wants from its pastor? Today, we cover the top ten things church members desire in a pastor.

Some highlights from today’s episode include:

  • A church wants to know that their pastor loves them.
  • Effective preaching requires adequate time for preparation.
  • Much of a pastor’s ministry is judged as effective or not based upon the preaching ministry.
  • Social media background checks are becoming standard when hiring a pastor.
  • We are leaving a blueprint of our lives when we interact on social media.
  • An organization without a path forward becomes an uneasy organization.
  • A lot of people can have great ideas. Not many people can execute them, too.
  • There is nothing wrong with having fun as a leader.
  • Most leaders are not transparent enough.

The ten items we discuss are:

  1. Love of congregation.
  2. Effective preaching.
  3. Strong character.
  4. Good work ethic.
  5. Casts a vision.
  6. Demonstrates healthy leadership.
  7. Joyous.
  8. Does not yield to critics.
  9. Transparent.
  10. Models evangelism.

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