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How to Achieve Pastoral Success

Defining Pastoral Success

Pastoral success is doing the work that a pastor is actually supposed to do: praying, opening God's Word, being present with people, showing his love to them, walking with them through the ups and downs of life, and equipping them for works of service.

Don't bury your talent in the sand—offer it. The Lord will bear the fruit with it.

Do Pastor's Work

Am I doing what a pastor is supposed to do? If a plumber also happens to be a good accountant and he helps his neighbors with accounting, the neighbors are very happy because their accounting was awesome—but at the end of the day the pipes are still unfixed. So the plumber still has to do the plumber's work.

The Imperfect Pastor

Zack Eswine

Written in a compelling memoir style, Eswine reflects on the failures, burnout, pain, and complexities that come with pastoral ministry—helping readers find significance in the ordinary through honest conversation and theological reflection.

Trust God to Use You

Trust that God's going to bring about the fruit that he intends. Don't bury your talent in the sand—offer it. The Lord will bear the fruit with it.

So, am I doing the work I'm called to? And am I leaving the success up to him? I think that's where pastoral success starts.

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