This is a follow up to the post from last month where I asked you to define “success” as a pastor and leader.
Here are some of my thoughts:
We regularly hold this in tension, don’t we? The Scriptures in themselves don’t define success for pastors…very successfully. It shares to some extent what leaders ought to be doing and how but to my reading, it doesn’t elaborate on the metrics by which we “assess” ourselves and yet, we all live in a culture – including the church culture – where we have both codified and mostly un-codified metrics that determine what “successful” pastors look like.
And thus, we live in this constant tension. Having said that, I try to live out my faith and calling through these questions and categories:
- How is my relationship with the Triune God?
- How is my relationships with my wife and children? I can’t fake this. My relationship with my wife impacts so much.
- How is my relationship with my staff? I need to invest in my staff so that they in turn, can invest in others.
- How is my relationship with my church?
- How is my relationship with my neighbors and my larger city?
My three main responsibilities as a pastor:
- Teach well. Am I teaching and preaching Christ crucified? Am I preaching the whole Scripture and Gospel with clarity, conviction, and boldness? Am I directing people to the gospel?
- Lead well. Am I leading the church and our community towards our holistic vision of soul, community, justice and compassion, and global presence. Am I leading people to the gospel so that they are living out the gospel? Am I leading with transparency? Am I leading with the guidance of the Holy Spirit.
- Care well. Am I caring for people? People vs Programs. Am I praying for people? Am I caring for the sick? Am I accessible? Am I reaching out to people?
And on a regular basis, I also ask myself these three questions during my heart-check walks:
- Who are you?
- Who do you serve?
- Where are you going?
So, while I don’t use the word “success” to define myself, I assess how faithful I have been to the list above.
Thoughts? How do you gauge your “success” or “faithfulness?”
Sometime this month, I’ll share with you how I process the tension and possible idolatry of … numbers.