5 Daily Pastoral Rhythms for the New Year

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Pastor, you have discerned direction and vision from God. You have resolved some things. You have committed yourself to some things. You have set goals and are working on an action plan for incremental progress over the course of the next 365 days. But don’t forget the basic daily rhythms of your calling from God. 

The good things that are ahead of you and your congregation in 2022 are more about who you are than what you can accomplish. Character before capacity. Integrity before action. Be before do. 

Here are 5 daily pastoral rhythms to remember this year:

5 Daily Pastoral Rhythms for the New Year:

⏺ Be a Man of Prayer.

⏺ Preach the Word.

⏺ Love the People.

⏺ Win the Lost to Jesus.

⏺ Lead with Humility.

1. Be a Man of Prayer. You can’t do it, but God can. Dream big dreams for your congregation. Do the work of organization, preparation, communication, planning, and development. But remember that if God doesn’t breathe on it nothing of eternal significance will happen. Commune with God daily. Quiet your soul in the stillness of the morning and lay your person, your plans, and your provisions before him. 

2. Preach the Word. God honors the faithful study and delivery of his written Word. You are a gift to your people, but when all things are considered, your congregation doesn’t need your magnetic personality or your clever contrivances. They need the unadulterated Word of God communicated clearly and compellingly to shape them and sanctify them in the truth—slowly, steadily, organically. Be a pastor who is faithful to study and proclaim the Word of God week in and week out.

3. Love the People. Without genuine, Christlike love, all your compellingly communicated plans are resounding gongs and clanging cymbals. Your people are hard to love. I get it. But it is that very truth which makes the gathering of Christ’s people so convincingly peculiar. By this, the watching world knows that you are Christ’s disciples. So lead with love. Learn to love your people. All of them. Even the knuckleheads. And be sure to tell and show them that you love them every chance you get. 

4. Win the Lost to Jesus. I know, every member of the church is responsible for evangelism. But as I once heard a pastor friend say, “When it comes to evangelism, if you don’t, they won’t.” What better news could you possibly have for the lost in your community? The friends, family members, coworkers, and schoolmates of your congregants? Share the gospel daily. Set the bar for evangelistic engagement where God has planted you. 

“There is no humility without humiliation. Ask Jesus… If you are above serving the people, you are below the office of pastor.”

5. Lead with Humility. Let’s get real. You’re not really that big of a deal, and neither am I. While leadership looks like power, position, and platforming all around us, hear the words of the Great Shepherd reverberating in your coaching corner: “It must not be like that among you.” Nothing is below the pastor. There is no humility without humiliation. Ask Jesus. So get low before your people this year and stay there. Get your hands dirty. Do menial things to serve them. If you are above serving the people, you are below the office of pastor. 

“Let the favor of the Lord our God be on us; 
establish for us the work of our hands—
establish the work of our hands.” 

Moses, Psalm 90:17

Grace and Peace,
Tony

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