Be What You Want to See in Your Church


From Jared Wilson in The Pastor’s Justification: Applying the Work of Christ in Your Life and Ministry (p. 47):

“God forbids pastoral domineering but commands instead ‘being examples to the flock’ (1 Pet. 5:3). Therefore, pastor, whatever you are, your church will eventually become. If you are a loudmouth boaster, your church will gradually become known for loudmouth boasting. If you are a graceless idiot, your church will gradually become known for graceless idiocy. The leadership will set the tone of the community’s discipleship culture, setting the example of the church body’s ‘personality.’ So whatever you want to see, that is what you must be.”


  1. Don Byers says:

    Probably 30 years ago I heard Paul Cedar tell our ministerium, “The church will seldom be where the pastor is not.”