The ABC’s of Pastoring

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A – Always begin the day with the Scriptures and prayer.
B – Be extremely careful when you counsel the opposite sex.
C – Carry a mint in your pocket to place in your mouth after you preach.
D – Don’t flirt! Be devoted to your wife. Write her love notes. Treat her like a queen.
E – Exercise regularly. Walk often and exercise restraint when eating.
F – Find time to date your wife at least once a week.
G – Give kind, optimistic statements to the congregation. Write thank you notes for gifts received.
H – Help your wife around the home, especially when you first move into a new pastorate.
I – Invest wisely for the future. A systematic method of saving is essential.

J – Judge not. Pray faithfully for “problem” church members and trust the Lord for the results.
K – Kill the temptation to be lazy. Check off items in your planning book as they are accomplished.
L – Love your congregation. Shake hands, share a smile, make phone calls, and send cards.
M – Memorize Scripture constantly.
N – Neatly hang up clothes in your closet. Buy quality clothing that you can wear for many years.
O – Open your home to missionaries, evangelists, preachers, and other Christian workers.
P – Place an emphasis on sharing the gospel wherever you go.
Q – Quit bad habits such as chewing fingernails, overeating, or the casual use of euphemisms.
R – Refuse to spread gossip. Defend your fellow pastors. Defend your church members.
S – Share God’s blessing by tithing. Keep Rs. 50 in your wallet to help someone in need.
T – Trust the Lord for victory over pastoral problems. Pray long before acting.
U – Unite the congregation around prayer.
V – Visit the hospital with a desire to bless others. Dress professionally.
W – Witness regularly. Pray faithfully for new converts.
X – Expect to stay at your church as long as the Lord allows…frustrations and all.
Y – Yield to the presence and power of the Holy Spirit when preparing to preach.
Z – Zip off letters of commendation to your congregation. Write at least one note of appreciation a week.

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