Phase 4: Describing and Seeking a MissionShaped Pastor
The Right Pastor for Leading You in Gods Will
Ok, you have found Gods design and mission for your church, planned it out and are
living out the plan. Now, finally you are read to seek a pastor. However, even here
churches can go awry. As John Maxwell notes, in the church, everything rises and
falls on leadership.
Bad ways of choosing a pastor
- Get the best preacher. Good preaching is, well, good. However, the
best preacher may not have the abilities, skills and desires to help you
accomplish Gods mission. And I have known some fairly mediocre preachers
who lead growing congregations because they were the right pastor for them.
- Get the successful pastor. But successful at what? A great
Big&150;city pastor might now do well in the country and vice versa. A pastor
great at small group ministry may not have a clue about grief recovery. And
a Dr. before the name or DMin after tells you nothing about their passion for
- Get someone breathing. Some churches are so desperate for a pastor that
they will take anyone. If we truly believe God has a plan for our church, then
we need to trust that He will provide the right pastor at the right time.
A better way. We will not find the right pastor if we don search for the
right one. No pastor will be perfect (either in gifts for your mission or
personal sinlessness). The right pastor will reasonably reflect the mission
God has for your church in his or her experience, passions, abilities and character.
- Imagine the right pastor. What trait would that pastor need in order to
successfully lead you in carrying out your plan for Gods mission? Describe
in detail the sorts of ministry experiences, life experiences, training, passions,
abilities, attitudes, gifts, personal habits and charaacter that pastor would neeed.
list as full as possible, writing down every detail, separating them out into the
various types of gifts and experiences.
- Prioritize the lists Not every idea is equal. Some of them will be
critical to the success of your plan. Make them the highest priorities and grade
the others behind them. Eventually you will want to divide the lists into
vital to have, would really help and would be
- Write out a job description
using the plan and the higher priority qualities.
Remember that no pastor can do it all and be sure to ask yourself if anyone can
do what you expect in the hours you expect them to work.