PLP 3: Vital Pastoral Leadership Traits

An alarming number of pastors are giving up and are throwing in the towel. In fact, many don’t even make it to year 5 in ministry. I believe, oftentimes, we pastors aren’t leading ourselves well and are stagnating on growing in our leadership of others. And when we fall into that, difficulties seem more difficult, hardships seem harder, and pain feels more painful. But there’s another way.

PLP 3: Vital Pastoral Leadership Traits

There are some vital pastoral leadership traits we should always be working on and improving. And if we never give up on them, we’ll set ourselves up for longevity in ministry. So let’s dive in.

PLP 3: Vital Pastoral Leadership Traits


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Helpful Links

5 Pastoral Leadership Traits to Always Be Working On

Center for Church Leadership

Why we should ask more questions

Vision must always move to strategy

The Pastor as Coach

3 Ways to Listen Better as a Leader

5 Things We Do Today Instead of Preaching the Word

12 Practices of Highly Successful Pastors Who Love People

How to modify a leader’s focus to leading their team

Ephesians 4

9 Reasons Pastors Fail to Equip the Saints for Ministry

How to Build a Leadership Pipeline in Your Church (Plus Free Pipeline Packet)

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Written by Brandon Kelley

Brandon Kelley is the co-founder of Rookie Preacher and the author of Preaching Sticky Sermons and Crucified to Life. He serves as the Lead Pastor of First Church of Christ in Bluffton, IN. He also writes at You can follow him @BrandonKelley_. Watch his sermons here.


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