Monday, May 24, 2010

5 Pastor-Driven Obstacles to Growth and How to Remove Them

I'm reviewing the book 27 Tough Questions Pastors Ask by Dick Hardy. For those of you that are in church work or considering work, you should buy this book. It is filled with practical insights from a pastoral perspective. Here are some of my favorite quotes from chapter 5.

Life comes as growth abounds. Death comes when growth ceases. (p. 42)

The Lack of Growth in the Leader
The church will only grow to the level the senior pastor will take it. (p. 42)

As a leader you cannot expect the body of believers under your care to move poast where you are on the spiritual continuum. (p. 43)

The unwillingness to Lose People
The leader must position his thinking to be willing to absorb loss. (p. 43).

You must move forward knowing that while you reach to the unbeliever you may offend a long-term member. (p. 43)

The Senior Pastor Always See Greener Grass
Quit telling yourself that the grass is greener elsewhere. (p. 45)

Quality of Hires
I recommend you plan to compensate the high-quality staff member at the 75 percentile level of that position's value, regionally or nationally. You get what you pay for. (p.45)

Get good people and keep them. (p.45).

Constant Turnover of Staff
Maintain your senior leadership role. You are not necessarily to be everybody's best buddy. (p. 46).
Lift staff members in the eyes of the congregation. (p. 46)

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