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Welcoming Guests and First Impressions

The sermon starts in the parking lot, and the impression you make for your guests on Sunday morning during the first 10 minutes will be indelible.

Technology and The Church

Leveraging technology for ministry can be an incredible blessing. But it can also be fraught with problems and pitfalls. Learn how to use technology well.

Vision and Leadership

Our God longs for leaders to request of Him to do that which they cannot. Faith filled vision, leadership and risk are key ingredients for ministry.

Preaching and Communication

You know and understand how challenging it is to communicate. It is hard to get and capture people's attention. Learn how to communicate effectively.

Creativity and Innovation

Being creative means asking the right questions and making new associations. Discover new and creative ideas for your ministry.

Churches Lost $1.2 Billion In Donations During The Recession


The Washington Post reported that, according to the 2012 Yearbook of American and Canadian Churches, church members gave $29 billion to their churches in 2010, which represents a drop of 2.2 percent—a loss of $1.2 billion. This is nearly three times as much as the $431 million loss reported in 2009. The editor of the Yearbook, Rev. Eileen Linder, said the losses "provide clear evidence of the impact of the deepening crises in the reporting period."

How To Get Rid Of Your Pastor!



From the MinistryBestPractices Archives:


I offer you this tongue-in-cheek and thoughtful post by John Roberts in it's entirety:

Some time back, I heard about a church that had been trying to "get rid" of their pastor. Sadly, this is something that happens a lot in the American church scene. We get unhappy with the pastor or with something the church is doing; and then, instead of doing the biblical thing and prayerfully seeking to work out the differences, we choose up sides. Then, if there are enough votes to dismiss or enough people to make things really unpleasant, out the pastor goes.

It's tragic, not only because of what it does to that pastor, but because of the broken relationships and the slow-healing wounds left behind, which often remain long after the pastor departs. Frankly, there are simpler ways. If you ever want to get rid of your pastor, instead of looking for votes or choosing up sides, try one of these five ideas.

Idea No. 1: During the Sunday morning message, listen closely and take notes. Look your pastor straight in the eye, and occasionally nod your head and say, "Amen!" Begin to make serious efforts to apply the life lessons you learn from the sermons. In six months, he'll preach himself to death.

Idea No. 2: Pat your pastor on the back and brag on his good points two or three times a month. Make a bunch of phone calls to your friends and neighbors and tell them all the good things about your pastor. In a little while, so many more people will start coming to your church, you'll have to hire an associate pastor, and your senior pastor will be free to leave.

Idea No. 3: Next Sunday, in response to the sermon, go forward to the altar and rededicate your life to Christ. Then make an appointment with the pastor sometime next week. Ask him to give you some job you could do for the church, preferably some lost people you could go visit with a view to winning them to Christ. He'll likely die of heart failure on the spot.

Idea No. 4: Organize a ministry to call on the shut-ins and elderly members of the church, and encourage the pastor, as the early church did (see Acts 6:1-7), to devote more of his time to prayer, the study of God's Word and sermon preparation. Tell him you'll take care of the widows if he'll take care of the preaching. He'll think the whole congregation has gone completely crazy and start looking for another church immediately.

Idea No. 5: Get a whole bunch of the church members to unite in earnest intercessory prayer for the pastor, his ministry and his family. Organize prayer meetings in which you pray for the growth of the church and the blessing of the pastor. The pastor may become so effective in ministry that some larger church will gladly take him off your hands.

One note of caution, however: if you try one of these methods, you may find that you don't want to get rid of your pastor after all.

Stats On Porn

Why is the church talking about porn?  Porn is a sin that grows in the dark.  Not only is our culture impacted by it, but also those in the church and it’s even prevalent among pastors.

Be aware and be informed so that you can bring this sin into the light of the gospel.

infographic courtesy of MarsHill

For more information about the inpact of Porn and the Church, check out this FREE ebook - PORN, the Secret Sin Destroying the Church

Who Will You Invite This Easter?



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10 Things To Remember When Building A Ministry Team


1. Leaders need to be good in and under authority.

A church leadership team should model the humility found within the Trinity, where we find both equality and submission among the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. For church leadership, that means everyone must submit to Jesus and some form of human leadership as well. Nobody should wield absolute, unquestionable authority.

2. Everyone gains and gives up something to be a part of a great team.

Humility requires sacrifice. For leaders, this may be control (giving up a seat at the decision table), salary (leaving the corporate world to serve the church), information (not everyone can be at the center of all communication), or an impressive title.

3. Distinguish between a movement-focused, flock-focused, and sheep-focused leader.

Some leaders are great in a one-on-one context, others do well leading an entire congregation, and a few are built to oversee multiple churches, ministries, or networks. A great counselor may not make a great church-planter.
“Your value and worth must come from Jesus, and your strength must come from the Holy Spirit—not a personality quiz or leadership test.”

4. Find your identity in Jesus and not your leadership style.

Whatever you scored on the DISC, EAS, or Myers-Briggs, your value and worth must come from Jesus, and your strength must come from the Holy Spirit—not a personality quiz or leadership test.

5. Don’t pigeonhole leaders, but do take strengths and weaknesses seriously.

6. Build your communication strategy to suit different personalities within your church.

7. Think one to three stages ahead.

8. Providing jobs for people is not the primary mission of the church.

9. Ensure flexible structures that allow for ebb and flow.

10. Honor Jesus’ authority in your church as the Senior Pastor.

READ the whole post HERE 

7 Deadly Sins Of Social Media


Of course it is very important for your church or ministry to get engaged and using social media.  But in the process of doing so, you may run into committing several deadly sins.  Avoid these at all cost!

1. Assault
Are you constantly sending out tweets? Is your church's Facebook page wall covered with links, photos, automated posts and misc. junk? Just as much as you dislike being bombed with status updates, your followers do, too.

2. Neglect
While you can’t monopolize your networks’ newsfeeds, you can’t disappear from them, either.  You need to commit time and energy to your social networks.

3. Irrelevance
Are you posting things that have little to no relevance to your church's community or audience? If you post all kinds of silly and irrelevant stuff, over time your people will stop coming to your Facebook page or Twitter feed to connect.

4. Detachment
Are you just using social media as a bullhorn, without allowing it develop and cultivate conversation?

5. Inconsistency
As with point #4, social media is great for getting conversations going. While you should be contributing, don’t simply pose a question to your network, and then disregard the responses you get.

6. Disconnection
Engage in a variety of networks and services, and give people multiple ways to connect with you! 

7. Quantitativeness
It’s not all about the numbers. Sure, to a point you should keep your follower count (and Klout score) in mind, but it shouldn’t be the top source of motivation for your posts.

(ht: Social Media Today)

10 Church Technology Goals For Your Church


Technology can seem overwhelming!  So much to do.  So much to keep track of.  Therefore it is important to write down simple and actionable goals concerning technology and your church.  Here are just some examples:
  1. Update the church Facebook and Twitter accounts on a daily basis.
  2. Have either pastor or church leader submit a blog and post at least once a week.
  3. Update the church website daily or weekly.
  4. Send regular email newsletters to congregation (include video if you can) - at least once a week.
  5. Make sure you have a giving portal and clear instructions on your website.
  6. Make sure to follow up with visitors as quickly as possible through an email.
  7. Add fresh images and video to your church website homepage once a month.
  8. Interview a new believer or volunteer on video and share their testimony during service.
  9. Use email, video, and all other communication tools to encourage your members to get involved in a small group.
  10. Use your church software to post possible volunteer openings.
(Ideas for this blog post were inspired by Lauren Hunter over at ChurchTechToday.com, another great church blog)

Is Ministry Work More Difficult?



Full post by Jenni Catron:

Full-time ministry work is harder. 
It’s a greater sacrifice.
It’s more difficult on your family.


I often hear these sentiments either in word or in attitude suggesting that ministry work is more demanding than the average job.

Frankly, I don’t believe it’s true.
In fact, I think it’s a dangerous lie that sabotages ministry workers and distracts us from actually being as effective as we could be. It’s a lie that lulls us into laziness, complacency and mediocrity.

I worked 9 years in corporate America before spending the last 6 years in full-time ministry. They have both been hard. I’ve shed tears at both. I’ve been frustrated, offended, disappointed, hurt, angry, over-worked and under-appreciated in doing both. I’ve spent countless long days and many nights away from home in both types of work. I’ve apologized to my husband for doing work at home more times that I would like to admit.

If how you earn your paycheck is through full-time ministry work, it’s supposed to be hard. By it’s very nature it’s work. I would have loved to have overheard the conversation between Adam and Eve after The Fall when they had to go to work. Gone were the days of frolicking naked in the garden. I’m pretty sure it was nothing short of back-breaking work that they encountered.

My point is that we as ministry workers need to be careful about how we perceive and portray the work we do.

Yes, it’s difficult.

Yes, it’s exhausting.

It’s very relationally and emotionally charged.

It’s a very personal passion and conviction.

But that doesn’t make it better or more difficult than someone else’s calling.
Guard yourself against the arrogant assumption that ministry work is more difficult work. Your false perception may be the very thing that hinders you from doing what you’re really called to do.

What do you think? Is ministry work more difficult?

(ht: Jenni)

Are You A Welcoming Church?


Updated from the MinistryBestPractices Archives: 

Are you a welcoming church? Perhaps you think you are...but because you've been coming to your church for some time and your opinion or perspective may be skewed.  Try to enter into the experience of a guest on Sunday morning. Ask God to give you fresh eyes on the Sunday morning experience.  How do think that a guest may feel when they enter your church?
  1. Do you provide an appropriate welcome to those visiting during your Sunday worship service? 
  2. Do you have the expectation that people will be visiting your church every Sunday?
  3. Is there adequate signage around the church for parking, bathroom and nursery?  
  4. Are people at your church able and prepared to go beyond "Hi, what's your name? Where do you live?" in a conversation with a guest? 
  5. Are people at your church willing to stop being driven by the TASKs on Sunday morning and stop long enough to have a conversation with a guest/visitor? 
  6. Do people smile at guests when speaking? 
  7. Do people make eye contact with the guests when speaking to them? 
  8. When someone is hurting, are you and others at your church willing to go beyond the "I'll pray for you" and actually stop and pray for that person? 
  9. Are you and others willing to accept and approach people who are different from you? 
  10. Are you truly a welcoming church?

4 Social Media Mistakes To Avoid


So your church or ministry has a bunch of social media platforms - Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Pinterest??  That's great - but be careful as you manage and interact using social media, you'll want to avoid making these mistakes.

Not posting enough. If you’re too busy to post on your social media accounts on a daily basis, try to do it every few days or at least weekly. Any less than that and people will begin to feel like there’s no point in engaging with you or your ministry because you’re account is largely inactive. (see THIS POST) And when you post, post a mix of content - images, videos, and even links to blogs and important events.

Posting too often. The pendulum can swing the other way, and you may post too often. In fact you may overwhelm those connected with you on social media.  Use programs like Hootsuite or Buffer to schedule your posts and keep them scattered throughout the day, so that they are not bunched up.

Getting too personal. Social media does allow for greater interaction with your audience, but be careful about getting too personal with your Facebook and Twitter updates.  You want to remember that you are representing your organization, church or ministry.  People aren't going to be that interested or impressed with the cute pictures of your cat that you may choose to post on your church's Twitter account.

Ignoring those you are connected with. Once you have your social media accounts set up, make sure you remember to check direct messages as well as any posts your followers tweet or leave for you on Facebook. Completely ignoring questions, concerns, feedback, and complaints can make your ministry/church look bad or indifferent.

Top 10 Fun Ways To Encourage Volunteers

10. Send an Electronic Greeting Card.

9. Public Praise – make an intentional effort to praise your team in a public setting – Adult Worship – Newspaper – Newsletter – Get Creative

8. Dinner @ My Home

7. Send a Picture of them with their Small Group or at an Event enjoying being with kids.

6. Send a Text Message saying: “You’re a Blessing!” “You’re Amazing!” You’re the Best!” etc.

5. Coffee Break – invite them out for coffee and let them share what’s going on in their life.

4. Send a Personalized “Top Ten” list of great things you see in them.

3. A Night Out – recruit a teen to volunteer their time to baby sit.

2. Small Gifts – give a small gift on Sunday along with a fun personal note – candles, candy bars, Pez dispenser, $5 Gift Card, etc.

1. Say Thank You often!"

(ht: Keith)

What People Experience In Churches


Most Americans have first-hand experiences in churches or parishes. What happens, if anything, in the hearts and minds of those who attend? To explore this matter, Barna Group surveyed Americans who have attended a Christian church sometime in the past and discovered what they say about their experiences in these congregations. Here are two examples:

Connecting with God
Connecting with God is perhaps the most important outcome facilitated by churches. Most people (66%) feel they have had “a real and personal connection” with God while attending church. However, that means one-third of those who have attended a church in the past have never felt God’s presence while in a congregational setting. Also, when asked about frequency, most of those who have attended church describe these encounters as rare. One-third of all adults in the country report connecting with God at least monthly (35%) via a congregational setting. Among those who attend church every week, 44% said they experience God’s presence every week and 18% do so on a monthly basis.

Experiencing Transformation
The survey also probed the degree to which people say their lives had been changed by attending church. Overall, one-quarter of Americans (26%) who had been to a church before said that their life had been changed or affected “greatly” by attending church. Another one-fourth (25%) described it as “somewhat” influential. Nearly half said their life had not changed at all as a result of churchgoing (46%).

7 Video Best Practices For Your Church


Video is a powerful medium - especially if its done well. A single video that resonates in the hearts of enough people can achieve breathtaking results for you, your church, your ministry or your cause. You have never been more empowered- but you've got to do it right!  Here are 7 Best Practices for producing a video that will have impact in telling your story.

1. Keep it Short & Sweet.
People, particularly in social media, have shorter attention spans. Studies show that attrition rate after 30 seconds is roughly 82% (unless the video is compelling or celebrity-driven).

2. Start Strong.
A Jupiter research study found that people decide — in the first two seconds — whether or not they will watch the remainder of a video. It’s important to capture their attention in those two seconds, but not necessarily with stagecraft. Strive to be compelling and give them a reason to keep watching. Have you ever watched thoroughbred horses break out of the gates? It’s so jaw-dropping that we cannot help but keep watching! Break out of the gates in your videos!

3. Make One Point (and No More Than Three).
Nielsen reports that humans can only process, and retain, three simple messages in a short span of time. Do not overload the viewer with granular facts and minutiae. You needn’t make them an expert. Just pique their interest. Pick 1-3 concepts you want to convey and use anecdote, humor and color to bring texture your videos.

4. Entertain, Inspire, Inform—or, Ideally, Do All Three.
Frame messages in the interest of the viewer. The fact is that people care less about your product, brand or cause than they do about how it improves their lives. Stay viewer-centric and seek to leave them informed, inspired, entertained—or all three. Humor is powerful, engaging and effective—if you can pull it off.

5. Produce Share-Worthy Content.
This relates to the point above, but it warrants its own coverage, because it’s essential to understand in this “word of mouth economy”: in a single click, people can share your content farther and faster than ever before. Here’s a litmus test: Produce content you’d be compelled to share with your family.

6. Speak From the Heart.
People have sensitive antennae in social media. These channels were created as a very refuge away from corporate marketing. People know contrived when they see it, and it can do more harm than good. Speak in a “human voice.” Mean what you say. If you’re interviewing someone, ask them to be honest (even if it means they aren’t uniformly positive; it will be more credible.). If you try to message people, you will never reach a wide audience. If you win people’s hearts, you can reach the world.

7. Have a Clear Call to Action.
Ask yourself: “What do I want the viewer to do?” You need to move people to action, otherwise you may achieve non-financial outcomes (video views) in lieu of financial outcomes (conversions/revenue). Tell viewers what you want them to do. And, if it’s possible to edit the video with a graphical outro, do so.

(ht: Eric)

How To Get More Volunteers


From the MinistryBestPractices Archives: 

It doesn't matter if you are a church of 50, 500 or 50000, - encouraging and mobilizing volunteers seems to be the perennial challenge in ministry. At my church we are constantly wrestling through this issue. I don't presume to have the final word on this, but here have been some of my thoughts and teachings about how to more effectively get more volunteers.

1. Develop leaders first. Volunteers will only work under competent leaders. Therefore it is your job to develop, to coach and to pour into leaders. Emerging leadership is one of your most important assets. Make sure you have good leadership first and then from that volunteers will grow.

2. Stop fishing from the same pond- You can only know so many people. Malcolm Gladwell says that most people connect within only small and intimate circles of relationships. Therefore the key to recruiting is to be able to get into other relational circles. In order to do that, you need to ask your key volunteers to intentionally tap into their circles. Ask your volunteers to recruit their own team themselves because chances are they know people you don't even know.

3. Equip your volunteers - people are not merely tools in order to accomplish your ministry goals and objectives. But unfortunately, too often, we treat them that way. You need to value your volunteers. Train, equip and develop your volunteers. Make sure they know that they are going to walk away with an added value for volunteering, in other words, a free prize inside. In other words, it isn't so much about "getting" from your volunteers, but rather "giving" to them and investing in them.

4. Simply ask. Most of the time, the people you need to serve in your ministry area are simply sitting in your church doing nothing. The reason for this is because all they hear are asks, pleas and challenges from the platform. And suffice it say, "Everyone's challenge" is too often "No one's challenge". Not everybody will respond to a corporate challenge (also read my post about Communication from the Platform). Sometimes all you need to do is to take the initiative and ask.

5. Communicate Vision, not Need. To often when churches communicate the need for volunteers it sounds like begging. "We need to fill spots!" "We need your help!" Most people don't respond to that kind of plea. People will respond to vision and outcomes. People want to know that their serving will have purpose and gives them a real opportunity to impact the Kingdom of God.

Clear Vision Is Connected To Giving


A church’s vision is connected to financial giving.


Here are 3 ways that is true:
  1. People give to a clear, compelling and communicated vision.
  2. Giving mirrors the way your church is achieving its’ vision.
  3. People do not have a giving problem; they have a giving to your church problem.
(ht: Alan)

The Power Of Community Witness


Basically, the witness of community is more powerful than an individual witness. Loving your neighbors is much easier if you never have to deal with them. Living in light of the gospel is much harder in community where people sin against you. Your neighbors know this and that is why talk is cheap. Experiencing a people who confess their sins against one another, repent, and forgive is foreign to the world. Communities that live in this way, transformed by the gospel, will not only have a good reputation among their neighbors, but also they will point them to hope in Jesus. This is a community that has joined the mission of God.

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10 Signs You Are In Meeting Hell


According to a survey by First Option, a conference event company in the United Kingdom, these are the 10 biggest complaints about corporate meetings. And what's true in the corporate setting, is even true or worse in churches or ministry organizations as well.  Here are the 10 biggest complaints, which, if true of you or your organization, are signs that you are probably in meeting H-E-double hockey sticks.

1. Drifting off the Topic………. 67%
2. Lack of Leadership………….63%
3. No Natural Daylight………..51%
4. Meeting for Meeting’s Sake……..44%
5. The Broken Record………42%
6. Running over Allotted Time……..40%
7. Meetings with No Purpose….. 39%
8. Interruptions from Phones and Pagers……35%
9. Refreshments not Refreshed Regularly….. 30%
10. The Cynical Attendee…..28%

(ht: Phil)

Want To Be More Productive?

Milton Berle Answering Phones in His Sleep

Then don't answer the phone!

from Don Miller:

A few weeks ago I was tempted to put off a high-priority job because somebody needed something from me and said it was urgent. The truth is what they needed from me was urgent, it just wasn’t urgent for me. What they needed was going to help them gettheir job done.

I call these kinds of distractions a “ringing phone.” It’s amazing how much a ringing phone takes priority over everything else, and often the stuff that is more important given your various responsibilities. When a phone rings we rarely know what the person who is calling wants, but we drop whatever we are doing to answer.

Metaphorically, a ringing phone is something that feels urgent but isn’t.

With this specific incident, I went back to my goals and realized if I kept taking myself off task to answer ringing phones, I’d never get my work done. So for two days I completed my tasks, then helped them with their project.

Not answering the ringing phone did two things for me:
  • It affirmed my priorities. These days, ringing phones are much easier to ignore if they aren't in line with what I’m trying to accomplish.
  • It set boundaries for the people who need my help. It let them know my responsibilities come first and then I’d be able help with theirs. if you think about it, even Jesus walked away from the sick and the hungry to spend time with His Father.
Read the rest from Don Miller

Who Is Actually Using Social Media?


I hope and trust that your ministry is using social media.

Why?

Because more than 66% of adults are connected to one or more social media platforms.

But who exactly are these people?


This infographic explain who:

The Top 10 Reasons People Leave Your Church



From the MinistryBestPractices Archives:

Here are the top ten reasons LifeWay Research found why people switch churches: 

1. The church was not helping me to develop spiritually. (28%)
2. I did not feel engaged or involved in meaningful church work (20%)
3. Church members were judgmental of others (18%)
4. pastor was not a good preacher (16%)
5. Too many changes (16%)
6. Members seemed hypocritical (15%)
7. Church didn’t seem to be a place where God was at work (14%)
8. Church was run by a clique that discouraged involvement (14%)
9. Pastor was judgmental of others (14%)
10. Pastor seemed hypocritical (13%)

The Responsibility Of The Church


The responsibility of the church in the new age is the same as its responsibility in every age. It is to testify that this world is lost in sin; that the span of human life—no, all the length of human history—is an infinitesimal island in the awful depths of eternity; that there is a mysterious, holy, living God, Creator of all, Upholder of all, infinitely beyond all; that he has revealed himself to us in his Word and offered us communion with himself through Jesus Christ the Lord; that there is no other salvation for individuals or for nations, save this, but that this salvation is full and free, and that whoever possesses it has for himself and for all others to whom he may be the instrument of bringing it a treasure compared with which all the kindgoms of the earth—no, all the wonders of the starry heavens—are as the dust of the street.
An unpopular message it is—an impractical message, we are told. But it is the message of the Christian church. Neglect it, and you will have destruction; heed it, and you will have life.

J. Gresham Machen, “The Responsibility of the Church in the New Age,” from J. Gresham Machen: Selected Shorter Writings, p. 376 (as quoted in What Is the Mission of the Church, pp. 248-249)

5 Guidelines For Social Media & Church


What should the church do with social media?

The Catholic Church in Australia has addressed this question with a list of social media protocols for its churches.

But what about your church? Do you have protocols for your social media ministry?

Here are a few good and bad examples of social media protocols for your church.

Start and end with people

The main point to remember in all communication is the person on the other side.

The church holds a high value of every human being and this should be apparent in all of its interaction in social media.

Pastors, church staff and volunteers need to keep this principle in mind. You are not writing your own personal responses with your own viewpoints, but representing the church and its positions…and its goal of reaching people with a message.

Expressing true care for people in your posts and responses makes the church unique and even attractive to the social media world.

Make your church visible

Always associate yourself with your church when posting. Your profile must make this clear.

Social media networks allow you to choose what kind of group you are. Pick the religious organization section and mention the church you represent.

This helps people find your church when they are looking for it and tells people where they can look for more information.

Filter your content

The last thing your church wants is a bad reputation resulting from of a bad social interaction online.

Unfortunately, schools have even had to ban faculty Facebook use because of inappropriate material being posted.

Consider having one or two people monitor all of your public posts on your website or Facebook Page. This isn’t a trust issue. It doesn’t mean you don’t trust your pastor, church staff or volunteers.

Instead, see it as another set of eyes to keep everyone accountable. It is also a way of protecting the pastor, volunteers and the church itself.

Bring people into the picture

Don’t leave relationships digital 

(read the post in it's entirety HERE)

Does your church have guidelines for using social media? Do you have anything to add to these suggestions?

(ht: Internet Toolbox)

5 Reasons Ministers Are Even More Vulnerable To Sexual Temptation


From Pastors.Com:


Let me start off by saying, no one is immune to sexual temptation. It doesn’t matter what your job is, how old you are, or how much time you spend with Jesus each day. We all have the potential to fall sexually.

Even ministers… and maybe, especially ministers.

Ministers have jobs that automatically put them in a pressure cooker. It’s not unusual to have a stressful job, but there are five unique aspects of a ministry position that make him more vulnerable to opening the door to sexual temptation.

1. A pastorate is a place of power – Whether the minister is using it or not, he has great influence over others. The pastor is an authority, he is looked up to, he is on stage, and is usually highly regarded. Broken people with damaged lives come regularly to talk with the minister, many of them desperate for a word or attention. It is not hard for a minister to sway others with their words or personality. The minister probably doesn’t realize the power he has over others.

2. Ministers are often isolated and unaccountable for their actions – Ministers spend large amounts of time alone. Many don’t have a set schedule or a structured day. They don’t have to clock in and out of work, and don’t usually have church leaders asking them accountability questions. This is especially true for small church minister who is often the only staff member. Isolation and lack of accountability are seedbeds for disaster.

3. Protection and policies around ministers can be lax – Churches rarely have policies requiring accountability software on their computer or mobile phone. Few or no precautions are taken when the minister is counseling someone of the opposite sex. And ministers often go on visitation to homes by themselves. Policies don’t cure bad behavior or a wayward congregant, but they provide an extra boundary that may be a difference maker in a tempting situation. 

4. Ministers have few people they can share their deepest struggles with.

5. Ministers frequently feed off the approval of others.

Read the entire post over at Pastors.com