Great Pastors Don’t Build Great Churches

Over the years, some statements I’ve heard or read have stuck with me. One statement I read sometime around twenty years ago, I believe came from a book by James E. Means, Leadership in Christian Ministry (1989). The statement, as I recall, was …

Great pastors don’t build great churches. Great pastors build great people, and great people build great churches.

It’s a good reminder, because all too often, it’s easy to focus on the organization, itself, rather than people. The point is not to build a great, smooth running organization. The point is to grow people, to make disciples of Jesus Christ, to shape a culture that is actively engaged in God’s mission in the world.

Build great people!

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