Seven Updated Strategies for the Pastor’s First 90 Days

June 18, 2019
Episode #546
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The first 90 days of a pastor’s tenure can set the tone for the future of ministry. Today, we update our discussion on the topic with some new insights.

Some highlights from today’s episode include:

  • Meetings and meals in your first 90 days are for the purpose of getting to know people and building relationships.
  • Leadership is about relationships.
  • Low-hanging fruit allows you to build momentum in your early days of a new ministry. Find it and pick it.
  • A prophetic voice doesn’t always have to be judgmental or negative. It can be truly hopeful.

The seven strategies we discuss are:

  1. Lots of meetings and meals
  2. Picking low-hanging fruit
  3. Voicing hope and encouragement
  4. Taking a listening posture
  5. Introductions to other pastors
  6. Begin praying for other churches in worship services
  7. Learning the church thoroughly

Resources mentioned in today’s podcast

Rainer on Leadership is a member of the LifeWay Leadership Podcast Network


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