What are the priorities of a pastor in the work of the ministry?
That’s a tricky question. I’m fascinated by leadership and management principles that find their roots in the lives of Jesus, the apostles, and other biblical characters.
But I also know that management comes second to theology and spirituality. That is, we are disciples before we are shepherds, and we are shepherds before we are managers in the modern sense of the word.
My own ministry is often filled with what I would term “paperwork.” I have a background in design and marketing and wrote a book about using social media in ministry, so naturally I spend a lot of time creating things, especially for the web.
I believe that it’s important for the church to put her best foot forward, so I am often driven by the details.
Occasionally, however, I find myself in need of a revival of right priorities for ministry. And when those moments come, I remind myself of the three “P’s” of ministry that need to remain in the right order.
First, Prayer Work
Acts six is unavoidable in any discussion about priorities in ministry. The overworked apostles, under pressure by various interest-groups within the church, needed desperately to get back to the Bible and prayer.
So they asked the church to set aside seven men to oversee the benevolence work of the church, that they might give themselves more fully to time with God.