- Mistake 1. Micro-managing your staff/volunteers. If there is a need to micro-manage because the job may not get done correctly, then why are they in that position to begin with. However, most micro-managing is the result of a Pastor’s own lack of self-confidence. Pastor’s must get over themselves and get out-of-the-way of others.
- Mistake 2. Not Empowering staff nor congregation to do ministry. Many pastors are not handing over the reigns of ministry to the laity. When you don’t empower others for ministry, the ministry is limited/held back according to what YOU can accomplish. When others are empowered, the ministry will grow exponentially. A large role of the pastor is to train others and empower them to do ministry. I tell me congregation that when someone is sick and in the hospital, I hope I’m the last one to arrive because everyone else has beaten me to the hospital.
- Mistake 3. It’s All About Me! I call this the “Glory Hog” and they want all the glory to themselves. “Did you see what Pastor_______ is doing at XYZ Church!” is what they strive to hear. Ministry is not for our glory but for the glory of God.
- Mistake 4. It’s Gotta Be My Way: A true recipe for failure. You’re only a leader if people are following you. This is not a dictatorship and yes there are times when a pastor needs to hold his/her ground especially when there is a doctrine, theological, or moral issue. BUT some compromise is more often the case.
- Mistake 5. Not Maintaining Confidentiality : Un-ethical/damaging/heartless and DUMB. The only time confidentiality should be broken is in the case of abuse or fear for someones life.
- Mistake 6. Not Setting Goals and Informing Congregation: If a church does not know where it is going and the direction it will be taking to arrive at its destination, how will it know when it arrives? These goals cannot be the personal secret of the pastor. Sharing these goals can/should motivate the congregation to achieve the goals IF they are in line with the vision of the church.