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15 ‘Commandments’

April 2, 2012

The Cascades Classis of the Reformed Church in America recently welcomed a new seminary graduate. Our current pastors took a few minutes to share some ‘wisdom’ with him. This is not scientific or exhaustive. How do these sound to you?

  • Never stop being teachable, remain humble enough to learn from others.
  • Always be developing other leaders.
  • Most people look favorably upon a pastor. Honor their trust, enjoy it, and use it wisely.
  • Don’t forget your spouse (family).
  • Never put tasks ahead of people.
  • Ruthlessly redefine success. Think about the impact of what you are doing, not just numerical measures.
  • Live with expectancy that the Lord is working in our life and the life of others.
  • Pray.
  • Care about people.
  • Pay attention to your relationship with Jesus.
  • Know when to speak (and when to be quiet).
  • Don’t be afraid of failure. God is still at work.
  • Ask questions. Don’t be too quick to offer answers.
  • Consider, “How do we deal with sin redemptively?”
  • Have fun! You don’t always have to be serious.

Anything you would add? Anything you would challenge? Is it me or are most of these ‘commandments’ good for all of us? 

People don’t need to be good to be pastors. Pastors need to be good people!

2 Comments leave one →
  1. Anna Assink permalink
    April 2, 2012 9:11 PM

    Wow! These are all so good.

  2. Mary Lee permalink
    April 3, 2012 12:28 PM

    I agree Anna! Good reminders for all of us. I need to work on not being so serious!! Or so I’m told. 🙂

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