Central Baptist Church of Southington Connecticut


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Growing the Pastor

  • Jim Townsley
  • Feb 22, 2019

Every church planter hopes to have a great attendance. It is a worthy cause to reach as many people as possible and every church planter should seek to reach as many people as possible. However, making attendance the primary goal can be a dangerous policy.  Growth at all costs can lead to compromise of precious principles in the Word of God. A better plan is to grow the members of the church and those that are  growing will lead to the overall growth of the church.

Discipling new converts and training leaders will ultimately develop a strong church. Jesus set the example by training the twelve apostles and if Jesus spent time training leaders we should also. Building a strong church requires more than just numbers; it requires the proper philosophy of ministry. Too many churches experience strong growth in the beginning only to experience deterioration in the near future. 

The pastor is a model to the church about how to live the Christian life. Therefore training members is only possible as the pastor grows and becomes a stronger believer himself. Perhaps the biggest key to starting and building a church is the growth and maturity of the pastor. As the pastor grows he is more capable of helping the church to grow. Most young men have much to learn and very often these lessons come through trials over a long period of time. A growing and maturing pastor will lead the church to greater growth but a pastor that does not grow will hinder the growth of the church. 

Church planters will spend much of their time visiting and soul-winning during the first year or two. However as souls are reached and as the church grows it becomes necessary to train and establish these new converts in the faith. Pastors must take the time to grow themselves. Some of the things a pastor can do to strengthen his faith are: 1. Take the time to read. A reading and studying pastor is a growing pastor.

2. Attending seminars and conferences. There are too many to attend them all but choosing a few each year will greatly benefit every preacher.  3. Seeking godly counsel. Every young church planter should have two or three men that he can call when he has questions. No one knows everything, but a young preacher will face many issues he never anticipated and seeking mature men of God can save him countless trouble. 4. Trials. No one likes trials but they produce the greatest changes for good. God graciously allows circumstances in our lives to help us grow. One thing that will gain the confidence of your members is to be strong through trials and conflicts. If you handle them properly your people will gain trust in your leadership.

Everyone wants their church to be as big as possible and that is an honorable goal. But if that is the primary goal it can lead to many problems and conflicts. The goal should be to build a strong church based upon the Word of God. Doing it the right way takes time, much prayer and hard work.