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Pastoral Leadership Update
March 2007

May God’s blessings and spiritual health rest with each of you in your home and ministry life. As I have moved more into a pastoral development role I am noticing the personal and ministry struggles many of you are facing. The key word that is so that I want to challenge each of you is the word “balance”. I have never seen a one winged bird. The success of their soaring flights are in the proper spread and balance of both of their wings. Your success should be measured on how well we balance our personal life, home life and church ministry life in ways that glorify God.

I am in the process of developing four functional areas for the pastor that is necessary for successful pastoral health. These in my opinion are the four critical quadrants for pastoral advantage in our church and personal ministry:

- Vision & Values        
- Stability & Structure
- Integrity & Influence  
- Accountability & Authority

Let me look briefly today at integrity’s influence:

a)  How do people in our congregation and family respect and honor what we do?
b)  How do we encourage our people to be confident that God has his hand upon them?
c)  How do we begin to create a movement in our congregational life that facilitates change?

I believe as pastors we need to become people of integrity to facilitate honor in our home and facilitate influence on our congregation. A person of integrity is who you really are when you are all alone and no one in your church is watching. I have found that a person of integrity knows and communicates how to “keep it real” before their people. The apostle Paul understood this; in 1 Corinthians 2:1, he writes:

“When I came to you brothers, I did not come with eloquence or superior wisdom.
For I resolved to know nothing while I was with you except Jesus Christ and Him
crucified. I came in weakness and fear with much trembling. My message and my
preaching were not with wise and persuasive words but with a demonstration of the Spirit and power, so that your faith might not rest in men’s wisdom, but in God’s power.”

Apostle Paul was honest and real with his people about who he was and what he represented. This time of integrity creates influence that allows your people to see you for who you are and allows them the freedom to be honest with themselves. In effect this creates over time a culture of integrity in our congregations. John Maxwell, in his book Becoming a Person of Influence states that integrity is your best friend. He further comments that when we compromise our integrity, we do ourselves an incredible amount of damage.

Let me close by listing several questions to help us measure our integrity as a pastor.

1)  How do I treat people from whom I gain nothing?
2)  Am I transparent and real with others?
3)  Do I admit wrongdoing without being pressed to do so?
4)  Do I put others ahead of my personal agenda?
5)  Do I have unchanging standards for moral decisions or do circumstances determine my choices?
6)  When I have something to say about people, do I talk to them or about them?
7)  Am I accountable to at least one other person for what I think, say and do?

My prayers are with you as you lead your people. I am always available for you, to pray with you, to give counsel or to just listen. In the meanwhile, I will continue to call and e-mail you to assist you to keep a hand on your spiritual and emotional pulse.

For His Kingdom,


Dr. Don Davenport
Covenant Associate Director of Church Planting and Congregational Development
Evangelical Covenant Church of America
Office 773 784 3000


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