If I hosted a pastoral mindset and expectations event it would probably look like this- a table full of delicious snacks, desserts, and tea…there must be tea. I’d invite pastors and Christian leaders to better understand how they currently think and to discuss non-guarded expectations for themselves, congregation, and the communities they serve. It would be an affair to remember as a display of God’s people coming to work together for HIS kingdom.
Mindset is defined as a set of attitudes held by someone. Most pastors I work with usually hold the attitude that they will bring as many souls to God as is possible. They acknowledge that this is their true calling as ordained by God himself. The question I ask is, should this responsibility fall solely on the pastor? 1 Corinthians 12:12 plainly states that each person has a collaborative role in the church, which helps to make up and build the whole. The church as the whole, requires that each person’s mindset be aligned with the pastor to accomplish salvation. Pastor as the leader creates the mindset and it is necessary for each person to clearly understand it.
Expectation is described as a strong belief that something will happen or be the case in the future. Mindsets of church growth, filters into organizational expectations. A slight request from God, create expectations from him. Not only expectations, but obedience. The adherence of his request, requires individual tangible applications as well as those that are organizational.
Every person in a church is a necessary component. My advice to pastors is, do not get too high-and-mighty that you forget this. Continuous check-in and fellowship is vital, and must present itself in both ways –the pastor reaching out and members of the church community reaching in-this is significant for sustainability and longevity of the church.
To really bring souls to God, it is imperative to give all that you have. This responsibility should never only fall on you, dear pastor. Provide opportunities for others to serve God. He deserves it for all the goodness, he has given us. Do this, and watch your congregation grow.
Rev. M. Charlotte Oliver
Founding President & CEO
Executive Pastor| Church Consultant