Bullet Points for Pastors

  • Never allow your politics to hijack your faith.
  • Never decide anything on a Monday.
  • Never stop being curious.
  • Never stop laughing…at yourself.
  • Be fully prepared to preach on Sunday morning, with no excuses.
  • Write your sermon out word for word, you aren’t smart enough to wing it.
  • Quoting lots of Scripture does not make a sermon Biblical, the Devil did that.
  • Tell us what God told you in your study, not what He told your favorite celebrity pastor.
  • Your spouse is more important than your Church.
  • Your spouse is the judge of the veracity of the above point…not you.
  • Your spouse is the primary way the Holy Spirit speaks to your blind spots.
  • Your spouse’s spiritual life is the best metric of your success as a pastor.
  • God rarely gets in a hurry about anything.
  • Your private life has a proportionate impact on the Kingdom.
  • Be content with obscurity. (Jesus was)
  • Being present is more important than the “Amen’s” you might receive for your sermon
  • When someone says “several people are upset” that means me and maybe my spouse.
  • The reasons people say they are leaving are rarely the real reasons.
  • Sometimes losing a battle in organizational leadership is winning the war in pastoral care.
  • Just because people fawn over you does not mean you are attractive; the pulpit distorts aesthetics. 
  • Never assess a church based on her potential—that commodifies her.
  • Never leave a church based on her failure—that shames her.
  • Never stay at a church because she is your “project”—that objectifies her.
  • Always love a church based on her intrinsic value—that edifies her.
  • God doesn’t do pyramids
  • There is no such thing as a designer Ephod
  • Today is more important than tomorrow
  • You are not a celebrity.
  • Never underestimate the sacrament of a shared meal
  • Never preach while you are cursing.
  • Always pray while you are serving.
  • Never lust while you are loving.
  • Always trust while you are hurting.
  • Never value preaching over pastoring
  • Never value knowledge over reflection
  • Never value achievement over constancy
  • Never value vision over presence
  • Value wisdom over knowledge
  • Value prayer over preaching
  • Value solitude over meetings
  • Listening is more important than telling.
  • Weeping is more important than winning.
  • Staying is more important than leaving.
  • Praying is more important than achieving.

About Joe Chambers

I am the beloved of the Most High God. I am an avid reader and writer and have been a continuous learner since my college studies in Ancient Literature and English. I live at the base of Mount Princeton in the Colorado Rockies with my wife of over three decades. I believe I have been put here to tell people that God is not mad at them and to show them the way Home. I am the father of three sons, three beautiful daughters-in-law and four grandchildren. I love to read, tell stories, and spend time in the wilderness.
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