Friday, September 15, 2006
3 Mistakes Pastors Make
A couple of weeks ago, I had the wonderful privilege of having lunch with Bishop Jerry Knoche, who provides leadership for Delaware-Maryland Synod of the Lutheran Church (E.L.C.A.)
Before his bishop days, Jerry pastored New Hope Lutheran Church, which grew from 250 people to over 1100 under his leadership. He's also the author of a couple of books.
Jerry was vacationing in Hayward -- and I thought it was, indeed, kind of him to spend a couple of hours with an unknown preacher.
That's what Bishops do all the time -- meet with pastors -- and here he was on vacation, meeting with another one! It's kind of like being a mailman and taking a run from dogs on your day off.
What a wonderful guy! We had a fabulous conversation. I walked away inspired.
(Thanks, Fred Scheer for setting this up!)
I asked the good bishop this question: From your travels and observations, what are the three most common mistakes you see pastors make?
1. Not bringing people along with you in the vision.
2. Not visiting people and prospects
3. Neglecting the sick, shut-ins, and the elderly.