Pastors are frequently thrown into a frenzy in this new normal. Many of them have embraced fear and despair. What every church leader does in church and outside the church is essential. The church is the hope of the world, and if church leaders get it wrong, the faith of the believers will wax cold.

If you’re a pastor, here are eight things you’re probably doing wrong.

. Thinking Cheap.

Thinking cheap is expensive. With the rapid infusion of digitalization into the church, pastors can’t afford to feel inferior. It’s time to think outside the box and react positively to the changes around.

. Starting Virtual Fellowship Late.

There shouldn’t be African time when it comes to virtual fellowship. Pandemic or not, if the meeting time is 4 PM, make it a date. Respect people’s timing.

. Settling For Less.

Good isn’t always good enough. As a pastor, aim for the best and expect the best from yourself and your members. Goodness is known to be the enemy of great. This new era is not the time to settle for less.

. Failing To Forgive Yourself.

We all have a dark side, but we need to forgive ourselves. The most superficial person around you can bring out the best in you and show you the strength you never thought you had.

. Opting For The Easy Way Out.

Pastors are used to the easy and traditional way of doing things pre-covid19. Change isn’t readily accepted. Most pastors are stuck with less idea of what next to do. As a pastor, you need to become effective, and to do that, you must dig in when others retreat. Make it a habit to ask the 11th question when others stop at 10.

. Failing To Acquire New Skills.

As technology continues to grow, and as we continue to witness a cultural shift, a new set of skills is required to access them. Digitalization has crept into the church, and as a pastor, you can’t afford to turn a blind eye.

Bring out your best energy, focus on acquiring new skillsets to become effective, and advance the mission of the church.

. Condemning What You Don’t Understand.

Most old generation pastors may not understand this new shift in fellowship and may be quick to condemn it. Instead of denouncing digitalization, and virtual worship, carry out extensive research on its benefit. Pray about it. Ask questions and find out if your members are in tune with it or not. Praying for a change and failing to act on it is meaningless.

. As a pastor, it doesn’t matter if you’re leading a team of 20 or a group of 100.
You can’t make your church grow without God. That’s his job. Yet, you can position it to grow. You can do that by acquiring the right skill and understanding to knock down the barriers that keep you from growing with the church.

If you know some of the mistakes your pastors are making that are not listed, please share it with us. We would love to hear from you.

Blessings and Love ❤️

Whitney Edna Ibe is the Executive Consultant, Life & Mental Health Coach, and Writer/ Editor at Whitney Edna Ibe Consult (Blog),, The Social Talks,, and Mental Wellness Society International. She is in charge of consultations, services, and implementation.

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