Sickness has befallen the 200churches staff this week!! We had to skip our usual Monday blog post, but we are back with our weekly 200churches Podcast. We are in our fifth month hosting this podcast for pastors of smaller churches, and we have learned a lot in the process, about podcasting, but most importantly, about pastoring in a 200church. 60% of the churches in America are under 100, so there is a large group of pastors who lead, shepherd, and feed smaller churches all across America, and this podcast is for you!
This week we are on the topic of plastic pastors. I bet you never even knew such things existed did you? Well, they do, and sometimes you or I actually fill the role quite nicely. That is not the goal, so today we want to share with you five signs of plasticity in pastoral ministry, and then some suggestions as to how we can find our way back into our own skin, and be the kind of pastors our churches really need.
Here is the outline of our podcast today, but as always, there is much more material in the audio podcast…
Five signs that you’re a plastic pastor and how to get back into your own skin:
1. Your spirituality is more professional than personal
2. You spend too much time serving God and not enough time simply seeking God
3. You neglect cultivating the important relationships in your life – you neglect the
relational side of you
4. You don’t attend to the resentment, anger, and bitterness growing within you
because of what you perceive as ministry’s incessant demands on you.
5. Your personal relationship with God the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit is becoming rote
Suggestions for pastoring in your own skin:
1. Remember the first and second greatest commandments
2. Think and live relationally
3. Think and live with God in the first person
4. Don’t teach or preach anything you cannot or are not living yourself
5. Stop doing everything you don’t need to do, but were just doing because you forgot to stop…
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