20 Lessons I Wish They’d Taught Me in Seminary

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Lessons I Wish They’d Taught Me in Seminary

  • Even when my ministry position allows me to have the last word it doesn’t have to be mine.
  • I can have a vision for future ministry without denigrating past ministry.
  • If I hoard leadership to receive all the credit when something works, I will also receive all the credit when something doesn’t.
  • Progress at the expense of relationships is not anymore virtuous when the goal is noble.
  • Affirm staff and volunteers in public; evaluate them in private; and pastor them in both places.
  • If you randomly blow ministries up, then you’ll never know where the pieces are going to land.
  • My leadership is not threatened when someone else gets the credit.
  • Those in ministry should take the Hippocratic Oath to “do no harm.”
  • It is always a better outcome when I err on the side of grace.
  • If I don’t take care of myself spiritually, emotionally and physically no one else will.
  • Not all ministry staff problems originate in someone else’s office.
  • People generated is always healthier than leader dominated.
  • I should always surround myself with a group of trusted leaders to protect me from my own stupidity.
  • There are lots of other ministries but I only have one family.
  • The end of learning new is the beginning of leading old.
  • Bullying is not more honorable under the pretext of pastoral leadership.
  • I could learn about life and ministry by drinking more coffee with senior adults.
  • My attitude may be the only change necessary in our ministry organization.
  • Ministry success is based more on the in-betweens than the big events.
  • Leadership equilibrium is achieved by making deposits in younger leaders and withdrawals from older leaders. 
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One Response to “20 Lessons I Wish They’d Taught Me in Seminary”

  • Lee Martin Says:

    My dear brother I can always count on God using you to shine a spot light into my soul. Not all that is exposed is what I want to see.
    Thank you for your continued faithfulness in pointing your readers toward the truth.

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