Seven Characteristics of Proactive Pastors

October 3, 2017
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Podcast Episode #368

Reactivity can hurt a pastor’s ministry, but so many pastors are more reactive than proactive. Today, we examine seven traits of a proactive pastor.

Some highlights from today’s episode include:

  • When looking ahead, plan and communicate for the future.
  • A proactive pastor is one who brings chaos back to order.
  • The more you develop relationships, the more freedom you will have to lead.
  • Sermon prep should have more importance on your calendar than anything else you do as a pastor.
  • Proactive pastors do not focus on critics.
  • You will be hit with criticism as a pastor. How much will you let it detour you from what you’re called to do?
  • You can’t do away with critics, but you can do away with unhelpful reactions to them.
  • Emotions should follow actions, not determine them.

The seven characteristics we cover in this episode are:

  1. Looks ahead.
  2. Develops relationships well.
  3. Calendars in blocks of time.
  4. Does not focus on critics.
  5. Finds joy in the day-to-day work of ministry.
  6. Has a long-term perspective.
  7. Prays for their own leadership.

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