By Ron Cook

Ron and his wife Rodetta have been married for 41 years. They have actively served the Lord together in ministry during the entire time and are co-founders of Care for Pastors. Ron ministers to hundreds of pastors annually through mentorship, counseling, and by phone. He has been a Pastor for 40 years and understands the stress of ministry, and wants to share his longevity in ministry with other pastors and help them finish well.

    20 Lessons I Wish They’d Taught Me in Seminary

    Thursday, December 11, 2014

    By Dr. David W. Manner

    • Even when my ministry position allows me to have the last word it doesn’t have to be mine.
    • I can have a vision for future ministry without denigrating past ministry.
    • If I hoard leadership to receive all the credit when something works, I will also receive all the credit when something doesn’t.
    • Progress at the expense of relationships is not anymore virtuous when the goal is noble.
    • Affirm staff and volunteers in public; evaluate them in private; and pastor them in both places.
    • If you randomly blow ministries up, then you’ll never know where the pieces are going to land.
    • My leadership is not threatened when someone else gets the credit.
    • Those in ministry should take the Hippocratic Oath to “do no harm.”
    • It is always a better outcome when I err on the side of grace.
    • If I don’t take care of myself spiritually, emotionally and physically no one else will.
    • Not all ministry staff problems originate in someone else’s office.
    • People-generated is always healthier than leader dominated.
    • I should always surround myself with a group of trusted leaders to protect me from my own stupidity.
    • There are lots of other ministries but I only have one family.
    • The end of learning new is the beginning of leading old.
    • Bullying is not more honorable under the pretext of pastoral leadership.
    • I could learn about life and ministry by drinking more coffee with senior adults.
    • My attitude may be the only change necessary in our ministry organization.
    • Ministry success is based more on the in-betweens than the big events.
    • Leadership equilibrium is achieved by making deposits in younger leaders and withdrawals from older leaders.

    Dr. David W. Manner serves as the Associate Executive Director for Kansas-Nebraska Convention of Southern Baptists with responsibilities in the areas of Worship, Leadership and Administration. Before joining the convention staff in 2000, David served for twenty years in music/worship ministry with congregations in Kansas, Arkansas, Texas, and Oklahoma. He holds a Bachelor of Music degree from Oklahoma Baptist University; a Master of Church Music degree from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary; and a Doctor of Worship Studies from the Robert E. Webber Institute for Worship Studies.

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