Every pastor lives with pressure. There are a million things to do and a million hat to wear. Everything seems to be urgent. So many things that need to be addressed. There seems to be never enough resources to do what we feel like we need to do. In my coaching and consulting with pastors over the last fifteen years, I have identified what I believe to be the TOP PRESSURE POINTS on the list:
How do I develop rhythms for a healthy relationship with God, a healthy family, a healthy personal life, as well as a healthy church? What does balance look like? Can I be balanced? Is it even possible to be balanced? Is it Biblical? How can I stay sane, centered, and married (happily)? How can I change? How can I grow?
How can we gain clarity on the vision? How do we get the church to buy into the vision and then stay committed to it? How do we get it back when we’ve allowed it to be sidetracked or hijacked?
How do we get everyone working together? What do I do with the weak link? What do I do with friends that aren’t getting it done? How do I delegate? Empower others? How do we know if we have the right people? In the right seats?
What are we really trying to accomplish? How do we take the crowd and turn it into a core? How do we move the core to connect with and invite the crowds? What kind of disciple are we trying to make? How will we know if we’re winning? How do we develop a culture of disciple-making in our church? How do we close the back door? What systems need to be built? How can we build a system from scratch?
How will we finance the mission? How do we pay the bills? Pay ourselves? How do we set the church up for the future? How do we build a generous culture?
So what do we do about these pressure points? Well, one thing's for sure: we can’t run from them, or worse yet, pretend they don’t exist! Instead, these five pressure points need to become the crux of our job description. We need to wake up every day, realizing that Personal Growth, Vision, Team, and Discipleship...is our job description! e need to commit to begin working on what matters! These pressure points are the reason God placed us where He has placed us!
Don't view these pressure points as obstacles or interruptions to our ministry. They ARE our ministry! So go after it. Tackle the tensions. Embrace the pressure. God never said this would be easy. He just said it would be worth it.
At CourageToLead, we would love to help YOU address these pressure points. Drop us a line and let’s talk about how we might help!