So what makes a ministry leader unproductive? It might be a little different than you expect. Today we are talking about the habits of unproductive pastors.
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7 Habits of Unproductive Pastors
They Aren’t Incarnated
Think about John 1:14 at what it means for Jesus to dwell among us. That means we have to be embodying the dwelling of Jesus in the places we are called to and the people we are called to lead. It can be tough sometimes, but not leading from the standpoint of love can be pretty gnarly.
They Don’t Know What They Are Doing
As leaders, we need future focus. This is about building a planned strategic schedule. I’ve done an entire episode on this idea.
They Can’t Differentiate Between Urgent and Important
There is a huge difference between what’s urgent and what’s important. We can fill our life with the urgent and never touch the important! We have to develop the skillset to begin weeding out the unnecessary urgent.
They Don’t Delegate
Delegation is one of the hardest and most important skills for any ministry leader to develop. Full honesty…I’m terrible at it. Folks know it and even joke about it. The best resources on delegation come from Michael Hyatt. Here is a search query on all of his delegation content. Make sure to check out the podcast episodes.
They Don’t Know Their Personalities and Strengths
I am a big fan of two resources to help leaders understand the way they are wired. The DiSC test and Strengthfinders 2.0. Spend the money, invest in the tests and learn about how you will lead, relate and schedule better. Bonus points to those who also lead their teams through these resources.
They Can’t Keep The Future in Focus
I’ve been focusing energy on this lately. I’ve been personally asking myself the question about how much future work I am doing. Remember that maintenance can’t maintain. It won’t end well.
They Don’t Have Routines
I’m a big proponent of a morning routine. It is an absolute for me. You will find this is a regular habit for the folks with the highest degree of capacity and influence.
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