Monday, August 24, 2015

What Skill Set Does a Pastor Need to Be Effective?

Baseball players need to be able to hit, throw and catch. Musicians need to be able to play scales and put together chords. Surgeons need to know how to cut and stitch. In every field we find a list of necessary skills in order to excel. Ministry is no different. If we want to be effective as pastors, there are a few things we need to be able to do. Scripture gives us a helpful list of character qualities in 1 Timothy 3 & Titus 1 with one major skill: the ability to teach.

Beyond the biblical qualifications, developing a list of ministry skills and qualities is important so that we are able to serve the Lord and His Bride effectively. To help figure this out I polled 15 pastors, laypeople and seminary professors for what they felt a pastor needed to be and do in order to be effective. From that, a list of 21 skills and qualities came out. Then I surveyed more than 450 pastors, staff members and laypeople and asked them to rate the skills and qualities for effective ministry. From that I was able to make 3 conclusions. Keep reading

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