“Leading on Empty,” by Pastor Wayne Cordeiro… I sat in the Glider In Kadens nursery and read this entire book in 3 day…
If you are a senior pastor…student pastor..assistant pastor….children’s pastor…Evangelist…missionary…seriously…I can’t say this strong enough–GET THIS BOOK …AND READ IT!
MOST people do not understand pastgors! In fact, I’ve heard it said to understand a pastor you have got to be a pastor.
Here are a few highlights from the book…
- “We don’t forget that we are Christians. We forget that we are human, and that one oversight alone can debilitate the potential of our future.”
- “Pastors are expected to lead even when the desire or inclination to do so is severely challenged. I knew others loved me, but living up to the expectations systemically ingrained into the fabric of who I was became the person I could not escape.”
- “Gradually my creativity began to flag, and I found it easier to imitate rather than innovate. I was backing away from the very things that used to challenge and invigorate me.”
- “Zeal and good intentions can fuel us in the beginning, but they won’t last over the long haul…high self expectations can eventually eat full time shepherds alive.”
- “I was fixing everybody’s problems except my own, and I needed time to replenish my spirit.”
- “I wonder how much more effective our churches would be if we made the pastor’s spiritual health–not the pastor’s efficiency–our number one priority.” Quote from Philip Yancy in the book
- “In a sense, a pastor never punches out. Of course some may, but for those who see their profession as a calling, they simply cannot.”
- “Many times we won’t make major course corrections until the pain of staying the same becomes greater than the pain of making the change.”
- “While everyone in our great church loves the Cordeiro family, I have come to realize that nobody is fighting for my family. That’s my job.”
- “Yesterday’s great ideas get tired today, and churches, even great ones, can get tired. Without wise and hungry leaders, a church’s endeavors will flatline.”
Great Book…If you are flat lining in ministry GET THIS BOOK AND READ IT!