What do you wish you knew about your job when you first started out?
Senior Pastor in Knoxville:
"Saddle Up! This is the Great Adventure."
Only after you are dead sure of the call to minister, confirmed by a legitimate ordaining body, find a mentor who has a servant heart, is successful at making disciples and pay attention so you learn how to "BE" a pastor beyond just doing pastoral work.
Love God first and most! Love your wife and Kids second only to God, and ahead of all others including your pastoral vocation. Lose your wife and kids and you will lose the pastoral ministry to which you are called.
Senior Pastor in Prince George:
Stay connected with God though prayer. Study the Bible often. Stay fresh on leadership teaching. Learn what church are doing now. Keep improving your people skills.
Senior Pastor in Lancaster:
"Skill Set Needs."
Get experience in as many different skill sets as possible, especially those outside the fields of religious and theology.
Senior Pastor in North Canton:
"Know what you are getting into...."
While I gave a up a significant income for this calling, I didn't realize how much faster life grows than does your salary. Be prepared to have your wife working full time or develop creative ways to do some business on the side.
Senior Pastor in Los Angeles:
"Develop a infrastructure for building a competent staff."
Develop a strong staff and led them rather than an entire congregation.