How To Make Your Dream Church A Reality – Part 1

Does the church you dream about match the church you attend?

I recently turned 40 years old. I started the church I am pastoring at the age of 33. At 33 I had a specific vision for what I wanted the church to look like. It was going to be different than all the other churches. We were going to reach people no other church was reaching. I had a dream, but then reality hit.

Six years later we are closer to where I want us to be, but we still have some room to grow. What I have found out is the size of your dream doesn’t matter. The ability to vision cast that dream well is good, but is not the ultimate thing you need to fulfill your dream.

Your dream will not determine your success — your team will. Click To Tweet

Your team won’t be perfect, but they represent the lid for whether or not your dreams will become a reality.

Now, before you go firing all of your staff, elders/deacons, and spouse…hold the phone.

Your team will determine your success. It is vitally important to make sure you have the right people, in the right seats of the leadership bus. But…in order to have the right people you must be the right person.

Below there are some practical questions for every pastor to answer. Some of you will do better on this than others. Be honest with yourself. If you weren’t in charge, would you enjoy being led by you?

Scripture teaches (1 Timothy 3:1-3) that an overseer must be…

  1. Above reproach – are you the same person when no one is looking?
  2. Faithful to spouse – does your spouse resent the ministry because you take better care of your job?
  3. Self controlled – what are you doing to not let sin master you?
  4. Respectable – are you the same person on the stage and in person?
  5. Hospitable – do you care about people and not just getting tasks done?
  6. Able to teach – if you are not growing you are dying, and growing things grow. How are you continually improving on your communication?
  7. Not given to drunkenness – When you are stressed what do you turn to?
  8. Not violent but gentle – what do people think when you enter the room? If they are afraid then you are doing it wrong.
  9. Not quarrelsome – are you known more because of what you are for or what you are against?
  10. Not a lover of money – how are you generous with the finances God has given you?
  11. Must manage the family well – do your kids love or resent that you are a pastor?

It is so easy to blame others when we aren’t where we want to be. In order to lead others well the first step is to lead ourselves well. We all have some room to grow. You don’t have to quit ministry if you struggle with items above, but you should be taking steps of growth to become the best version of yourself.

Next week on the blog we will look at how to get the right people in the right seats on the bus.

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