Pastoral Heart Issues
The Church is God’s living hope for the world! Christ intends the church to be salt and light, overcoming, victorious, advancing against the gates of hell which cannot prevail against it. The church is a light house for the lost and a beacon of hope for the hurting. It is a voice of conscience to a dark world. I love the church!
Following are some of my definitions of a “successful” pastor.(written in the masculine, understood to be inclusive of female pastors)
• A successful pastor is one whose people remember what he has taught, can repeat it and successfully live it out in their daily lives.
• A successful pastor has people who are proud of their church, unashamed to invite their friends and family.
• A successful pastor loves his wife and kids and his people know it! He inspires others to pattern their marriage and child-rearing after his example.
• A successful pastor is one whose life demonstrates the joy of serving Christ.
• A successful pastor must love God supremely and love and care for people with great affection.
• A successful pastor must exhibit the utmost respect for the Word of God and deliver its message with conviction and clarity while applying its truths to the current challenge of the culture.
• The successful spiritual leader must be an evangelist at heart, and a discipler in mission.
• A successful pastor lives his life as an example of the believer. He preaches and teaches the living Word of God with passion, enthusiasm and joy.
• A successful pastor’s people trust him because they can sense his genuine warmth, sincerity and love. The messages he shares are practical to daily life and helpful to those struggling. Week after week the Word of God brings encouragement, hope and new purpose.
• A successful pastor answers the questions in church that people are asking at the office or the factory.
• A successful pastor says, “Follow me as I follow Christ”. And then he follows Christ!
In regards to relationships with church leadership and staff, the expectation is one of loving support, mutual respect, consideration and warmth of heart! Love is my strongest motivator and it must permeate all my relationships. Trust is built over time, but love is given unconditionally. I am collegial and team oriented. I believe in Pastoral and prophetic authority, but that does not negate the Word’s demand that we live in submission to one another. There must be a clear and common vision in order to prevent division. I believe the gifts and anointings and abilities are already “in the house”, and we must recognize and release those gifts. Team work really does make the dream work!
I have the ability to get things done through a collaborative, collegial team effort. I believe there are gifting and abilities on every team and the most efficient use of those resources brings the best results. Square pegs should only be inserted into square holes.
I believe in careful, prayerful planning and preparation and specific, detailed delegation. Successful events and ministries never simply happen, they are made to happen.
Debriefing is critical. Every event needs to be analyzed to ascertain what worked and what did not, what could be improved and what should be scrapped.
I believe in setting strategic goals which are measurable. Written reports and meetings to evaluate progress are critical. Written job descriptions with clear expectations are necessary.
I operate through encouragement and positive motivation. I believe effort must be applauded, appreciated and affirmed. I believe success must not only be noticed but celebrated.
It is my practice to be highly relational with staff, department leaders and board. A church can be no more effective than its leadership is united with common heart and vision.
Saturating all of this administrative style must be the tangible anointing, the living presence of Christ and a prayerful, joyful attitude in office and church, staff and board meetings.
Pastor Myles Holmes