What Are Your Priorities?

I was looking through some old Evernote’s and saw one of my first notes when I came to Element Church to start my new position.That was almost two years ago now. It was a kick list of everything I needed to work on with the ministry personally. I started the list with my four “values” priorities:

  1. Love people
    1. This should never change. We are in the people business. God has called us to the people we serve.
  2. Cast vision
    1. As the Family Pastor I take the overall vision of the church and cast specific vision for each of the areas I lead.
  3. Celebrate the past
    1. When you take a new position the temptation is to come in and change everything just for the sake of change. I spent time celebrating what was done in the past rather than tearing anything down. One of the best honor moments we had was celebrating a staff person who was moving out of kids into another area. I bought flowers and had the teachers present them and pray over her in front of all the kids. This brought honor to her, my pastor and the church knew I was for them. I didn’t do everything right with this but that is maybe the one thing I did do right.
  4. Evaluate for the future
    1. Lists are a good way to think through what needs to be changed. One of the best practices is to walk around and see things through the eyes of a new person. Now I wouldn’t suggest carrying a clipboard or iPad to write those down as that can be intimidating (I made that mistake).

I thought that was a good reminder and sent those four to some of my staff. What are thoughts? How about your priorities, what are they?



Seven People to Seek Influence From

1.    Those who understand authority

2.    Those who speak into your life

3.    Those who impart into your life

4.    Those who feed your mission

5.    Those who pray for you and pray with you

6.    Those who defend you in your absence

7.    Those who correct you in love

Material influenced by Pastor Brian Bohrer (in other words, I stole it from him)

Seven People to Avoid Influence From

1.    Those who feed your rebellion

2.    Those who feed your doubt

3.    Those who feed your greed

4.    Those who think little about your mission in life

5.    Those who feed your discontent

6.    Those who refuse to defend you in your absence

7.    Those who feed your weaknesses


Material influenced by Pastor Brian Bohrer.