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In the Mirror
March 10, 2008, 4:04 pm
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How effective we are, how effective we think we are—and how to know the difference.

Interesting article, read the full article here (ministrytoday.com). I clipped for space purposes.

By David Kinnaman

The life and work of a pastor is tough. You don’t need anyone else to tell you that. But, in addition to personal experience—my father is a lifelong pastor, and some of my best friends work in churches—I also have a unique vantage point: in my dozen years at The Barna Group I have studied the lives and ministries of nearly 10,000 pastors. Research we recently conducted provides some intriguing insights about pastors today. Check out these outcomes to see what you might learn about your own ministry.

1. Many pastors say they struggle with their personal relationships.

2. One in four pastors describes himself/herself as shy and introverted.

3. Most pastors are confident that ministry is a good fit for them.

4. Willingness to take risk loses steam after several decades of ministry.

5. Pastors express greater awareness and clarity about leadership, but strategic leadership remains elusive.

6. Many pastors maintain misplaced priorities.

7. Evaluating ministry is rare.

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