Prioritizing People As Pastors

Jan 10, 2022    Pastor Jackson Garrell
Ministry is busy. Our calendars fill up. We have more meetings than time. We have to write messages, fix the pro-presenter computer,  and then figure out how to use pro-presenter. Tasks are an inescapable part of being a church leader. However, tasks are not the top priority for pastors. We need to recalibrate our strategies to prioritize what truly matters the most: people.

I know it's obvious, but I have been guilty of allowing a full calendar to eclipse my true calling. Our jobs are not about programs, production, or youth group pizza. It's about our people. Specifically, helping people meet Jesus and grow closer to Him. This principle is beautifully illustrated by the story of Jesus and a wee-little man named Zacchaeus.

Discussion Guide:
Ice Breaker: Introduce yourself and share one goal you have for the new year.
Q1: What tasks can prevent us from actually prioritizing the people in our ministries?
Q2: How could you better serve and connect with the people in your ministry?
Q3: How have you seen God work through a personal connection you've formed with someone in your ministry in the past?
Q4: Who is one person in your ministry who you'd like to connect with this year to make a difference in their life? Name them and take initiative to get to know them.

The Pastor Circle is a virtual small group for ministry leaders to gather for monthly Bible studies followed by round table discussions in Zoom. We meet on the first Monday of every month from 12:30-1:05pm EST. You can sign up for the Pastor Circle by clicking the "Sign Up" button on this page.