Seven Keys to Growing as a Pastor

Episode #404
February 6, 2018
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Podcast Episode #404

I love that the pastors we routinely interact with are always looking to improve. Today, we examine seven areas to focus on as a pastor that will help you serve your church better.

Some highlights from today’s episode include:

  • We have to be continual learners and apply what we learn to our lives.
  • I am saddened at the rate of moral failures among ministers. It seems to be happening with more frequency.
  • If we’re not strong in the Lord, we will be weak in our humanity.
  • An outside view is always important to be able to see reality in your church.
  • Getting enough sleep can really help your perspective on life events.

The seven keys we cover are:

  1. Read and listen with passion
  2. Don’t forget Acts 6:4
  3. The need for a regularly scheduled plan of outreach
  4. Get out of the bubble
  5. Enlist an outside voice every year
  6. Take time to dream
  7. Get some sleep

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