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CFTROU 0068: Going the Distance

Today we are joined by a giant in the church and a veteran leader, Pastor Jack Graham from Prestonwood Baptist Church in Dallas, Texas. He is very fondly remembered at Family Church where he served as the senior pastor almost 30 years ago! Pastor Graham gives tips to pastors about how to go the distance. He details how we avoid moving from mission to ministry to maintenance to monument to memory.

Key Points:

  • The best parts about being a pastor.
  • The biggest challenges currently facing pastors.
  • Start with a mission.
  • Missions can quickly turn to ministries.
  • Do more than maintain the ministries.
  • Caution against becoming a monument and then a memory.
  • Importance of simplifying and clarifying the mission.
  • Leadership is relational.
  • Creating, developing and maintaining relationships while in ministry.

I've always had the desire to plant my life in one place and serve a lifetime. I love pastoring – I wish I had another lifetime to do it all again. Click To TweetPastoring has never been a job or a career to me – it’s always been a calling. Click To TweetThe biggest challenge is to stay focused on what God has called you to do. Click To TweetPastors have to guard against moving from mission to ministry to maintenance to monument and just becoming a memory. Click To Tweet

Links Mentioned in Today’s Episode:

Jack Graham

Prestonwood Baptist Church

Jack on Twitter

Jimmy on Twitter

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