Six Risks I Took As a Pastor (Including Some That Failed Miserably)

April 9, 2019
Episode #526
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Taking risks is part of leadership. Today we discuss a few risks taken during my ministry and how some worked and how some didn’t.

Some highlights from today’s episode include:

  • Even if an idea is good, if it’s an unfamiliar idea to a church it may not gain support because “we’ve never done it that way before.”
  • When the newness of something wears off, the challenge of “making it work” begins.
  • Don’t just fill staff vacancies like they’ve always been filled. Staff to the current and future needs of the church when an opening comes.
  • Sometimes risks are steps of faith. Sometimes they are acts of stupidity.

The six risks we discuss are:

  1. Hiring a staff pastor without the funds
  2. Attempting to buy an entire church facility from another church.
  3. Going multi-site before multi-site was cool.
  4. Having a combination meal and worship service.
  5. Hiring a staff member with dual responsibilities of groups and evangelism.
  6. Getting a new Christian to lead the welcome ministry.

Resources mentioned in today’s podcast

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