Ten Signs You’re Leading in Maintenance Mode

September 25, 2015
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Podcast Episode #162


recent post on signs that you are leading or pastoring in maintenance mode. In our next episode we will discuss ways to overcome this.

Some highlights from today’s episode include:

  • The church is not only built for those who are there but for those who are not there as well.
  • One of the primary roles of a pastor is to equip the saints for the work of ministry.
  • Mentoring is a great form of equipping.
  • Pastoral care should be done throughout the congregation.
  • If you are too caught up in maintenance mode in your church, you’ll end up neglecting your family.
  • A lack of joy is a lead indicator that you are pastoring in maintenance mode.

The tens signs you’re leading in maintenance mode are:

  1. The pastor is not equipping others.
  2. Pastoral care of members is increasing.
  3. The pastor does not take time to connect with non-members and non-Christians.
  4. The pastor deals with members’ complaints at an increasing rate. 
  5. The pastor worries more about the next phone call, conversation, or email. 
  6. The pastor experiences greater family interference time.
  7. The pastor is reticent to take vacation time or days off.
  8. The pastor is reticent to take new initiatives.
  9. The pastor has no vision for the future. 
  10. The pastor has lost the joy of ministry.

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