Pastors Don’t Own the Church and Churches Don’t Own Pastors

Timothy Paul Jones writes that a deacon saved his ministry and his marriage by challenging him to stop trying to do everything in the church and leaving his wife alone in the evening. Jones recognized that while he couldn’t treat the congregation as his own property, he had made the mistake of believing that he belonged to the church and that the church couldn’t get by without him.

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Why this story matters for church leaders:

Pastors need accountability and delegation in order to serve their families and churches effectively.

  • Permission: Does someone on your staff or in your life have permission to speak truth into your life when you are out of balance?
  • Evening Check: Are you out most evenings or are is an evening event the exception? How does this impact your family?
  • Delegation: Are you training leaders to handle the ministry alongside you or do you try to run everything through yourself?

Is there one task this month that you can delegate completely to someone on your team?

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