What are 5 largely overlooked, but essential qualities needed in every pastor?

As I talked with a young pastor yesterday, I found myself sharing the practical qualities that every pastor needs to get him through the daily grind of ministry.  Of course, much could be said.  But I keep coming back to these 5 qualities and how essential they are:

  • Patience
  • Wisdom
  • Discernment
  • Teachability
  • Humility

As we deal with broken, sinful people, as we make hard decisions, as we carry the burdens of others, as we fight sin, the flesh, and the devil, I find these 5 qualities essential for a pastor not to sabotage his ministry in little ways throughout the day.

Pastors, these are good, godly characteristics.  Pursue them.  Ask God for them.  They will serve you well every day of your life and ministry.

Posted in The Pastor's Soul, Training for Ministry

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