Excellence Must Be Chosen For a Mid-sized Church to Grow

Some decisions to excel are tough to make, for they take you out of the “aw shucks” mode, and call for strong pastoral leadership. See if you are willing!

Senior Leadership

  • The senior leader envisions and teaches the embraceable values and purposeful mission goal for the church.
  • The speaking pastor continually improves.
  • The pastor defines the board’s role as guardianship of excellence and guidance of values rather than that of management and staff functions.
  • The pastor earns and embraces the role of senior leader of this ministry, this local church, by vision, hard smart work, and excellence.
  • The pastor makes the hard calls to improve and make excellent the work of friends on staff—either to demand a change or dismiss the person.
  • The pastor and staff choose, at least subconsciously, to “swim hard” rather than to “float,” to excel rather than to be comfortable.
  • The leader risks being a little obsessive about details of ministry, believing “the little pixels make the big picture.”  Even non-chalant strong leaders worry about small excellencies.
  • Fewer people are involved in congregational decisions.  Voting at annual membership meetings pertains to call of senior pastor, main board, budget and capital decisions, and constitution issues.  This can be hard for people who remember the small “church family” meetings.

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Relationship, Relationship, Relationship -Board

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If you have any encouragement from being united with Christ, if any comfort from his love, if any fellowship with the Spirit, if any tenderness and compassion, then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and purpose. Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves. Each of you should look not only to your own interests, but also to the interests of others.

Philippians 2:1-4

[The overall health is equal to the sum of its parts.]

1. Pastors and Elders to God

a. Stay very close; love with whole heart.
b. Pray for His glory, His wisdom and strength.
c. Make    decisions     for Him, never for self.
d.    Glorify     Him.

       Matthew 16   Who will build this?

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Receiving Our New Pastor

Thoughts/suggestions on best practices for the positive welcome of a new pastor to a church

Important because the church is to be a unified body and the Bible is clear about the honor to the office of the pastor


…Follow strong and detailed steps for finding the best candidate,  who as a final step of ten large steps,  is brought in for the two Sundays and full week of preaching and meeting the church and presenting his approach to the Scriptures and the church. Continue reading “Receiving Our New Pastor”

Priorities of Pastors



Priorities of a Pastor

Evaluating your time and heart emphasis 

Job Description from Verses

1. Lead                                                      3.   Shepherd                                        5.   Equip

Heb 13:7; Heb 13:17; Acts 20:28;           Acts 20:28; I Peter 5:2                       Eph 4:12; I Tim 3:16,17 Titus 1:7 (I Tim 3:1f)

2.   Rule                                                       4.   Teach                                              6.   Be Continue reading “Priorities of Pastors”

The Worship Services – Variety

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There is room for a lot of variety,

but also for careful wisdom and reverence.


  • It is the main billboard for the church.
  • Worship is commanded for everyone and modeled for groups.
  • With the sermon, the service should be the highest priority for the pastor.
  •  The mood and ingredients will determine the favor with people; our hearts will determine the favor with God.
  • Some parts of the service are prescribed or exemplified: Continue reading “The Worship Services – Variety”

How To Teach For Life Change

It is a main purpose of Bible teaching –

see II Timothy 3:16.


Before the lesson, and in general, personal


  1. Embrace the Bible as the revealed word and truth of God.  This brings high respect and trust as you prepare.
  2. Decide that your purpose is to explain the one meaning of the text, what God meant when He had it written.  There may be several applications, but only one meaning.
  3. With the help of the Spirit, be sure your own heart is clean to teach more effectively.
  4. Know the sinfulness of the human heart.  People really need what you are going to teach if it is God’s word.
  5. Pray regularly for help to see and teach the real meaning of the Scriptures, and that God’s Spirit and truth will change lives.

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When interviewing, Remember This!

+  Meet the spouse if the person is married.  See how he or she feels about the possibilities.   See  how they treat each other.

+  Always ask about their hardest decision recently, and how they made it.   What were the options?

+  Note if they hide anything.   Once we hired someone who hid his tattoos in the interview,  and revealed  them on his arms after being hired.   It was not the tattoos as such, but the deception. Continue reading “When interviewing, Remember This!”

Sample Questions For The Search Interview For A Pastor

Here is the list of what I think are important questions for an interview for a pastor (or a pastoral staff member, with appropriate adaptations).
The suggested list of  the ten steps for a candidacy is also available if you wish.  Three giant issues here are the strong initial investigation,   the thoroughness and uniqueness of the various interviews, and the last step of two full Sundays at the church preaching, with many meetings with people and groups of the church in that week or before.
The vote is always on Sunday, after the second worship sermon (rather than put off until a weeknight or another Sunday when those same people might not be there).

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Departure Of A Staff Member

Thoughts for the senior pastor about the departure of a staff member


…It is never easy, but the best is when the staff pastor makes a move strong for his or her ministry and family. Not because of desire to get away or failure on assignments.

…The senior pastor should be able to hire and fire, as it is coldly put, with safeguards and strong advisors.

…The question must always be, what is best for the church? Not, who are my friends or what is easiest? Continue reading “Departure Of A Staff Member”