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A Weblog Dedicated to the Discussion of the Christian Faith and 21st Century Life
I do not seek to understand that I may believe, but I believe in order to understand. For this also I believe, –that unless I believed, I should not understand.-- St. Anselm of Canterbury (1033-1109)

Thursday, June 04, 2015

Pastors Should Be Entrepreneurial Shepherds

Wise words from Carey Nieuwhof:
If the church is going to reverse some trends and maximize potential, we need more entrepreneurial pastors, not more shepherds.

There's too much at stake to ignore this conversation.

1. The willingness to risk-- The early church took incredible risks. People risked their health, safety, financial security and their very lives for the sake of the Gospel.

2. Experimentation-- Have you ever asked yourself what it would have been like to be in the New Testament church?

3. A restless discontent with the status quo-- Entrepreneurs and apostles are never satisfied. While it can be frustrating to work with someone who is never satisfied, it’s an essential gift in birthing what's new and expanding a current mission.

4. Boldness-- If you search the New Testament, you’ll see boldness as a hallmark of early church leaders.

5. A bias for action- We have plenty of thinkers in the church and not nearly enough doers.
The entire post can be read here.

1 comment:

Gavin said...

I've been saying this for years. The problem is our seminaries teach or pastors to be, well, pastoral, not entrepreneurial. Our congregations want the entrepreneurial pastor, which puts a really bad conflict at play in churches all over.