3 Traits Your Pastor Wants You To Have

pulpitI’ve had the unusual opportunity to have done church from both sides of the pulpit.

A few years ago, our church was left without a pastor and I became responsible for the preaching every Sunday and leading the church.

It was an incredible experience, which I do not care to repeat but will never regret either. I learned why churches grow and why they fail.

I learned that the success of a church has a lot less to do with a pastor’s so-called “anointing” than his leadership.

I learned to see churches from a pastor’s perspective, a perspective I now realize far too few churchgoers understand.

There was an ad in the 1990s where Dallas Cowboys owner, Jerry Jones, watches Deion Sanders make a spectacular play and Jones turns to the camera and says, “Hot dang! If I had 11 men like that I could rule the world!”

If your pastor is a leader and has a vision for the church, he’s wishing he had a church full of Deion Sanders. Here’s three traits he is looking for in you: Continue reading “3 Traits Your Pastor Wants You To Have”

What Do You Expect From Your Church?

You’ve heard it before: “I went to that church for a while, but I left because I wasn’t being fed.”

The prevailing attitude that the Church exists primarily to feed Christians the Word is one of the primary reasons most churches in the U.S. are not growing, or if they do, they do so through transfer membership, not conversions.

Church growth guru Ed Stetzer asserted in Breaking The Missional Code that the Church is one of the few organizations in the world that does not exist primarily for the benefit of its members.

Think about it: Jesus was primarily about reaching the lost (Luke 19:10: “For the Son of Man has come to seek and save that which was lost”), and the Church is the body of Christ. So, what should the Church be focused on? Continue reading “What Do You Expect From Your Church?”