Pastor: Don’t Settle, Wrestle!

As a pastor, you have several tools at your disposal that make you effective. Obviously, prayer is at the top. Scripture is a good one too. One of your most underestimated Pastor Coaching tools, though, is found in the power of your words.As a pastor who spends hours each week writing, you need to see yourself as an author. That means one of your most powerful tools at your disposal is the power of your words. However, here’s what you  see so many pastors do. They settle for what is “good enough.”

DON’T SETTLE… WRESTLE!!!

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Don’t settle for what is “good enough.” Wrestle! Wrestle with your words until they communicate your message with potency. Of course, that takes time, planning and preparation. If you’re not writing your message until the latter part of the week, you have no choice but to settle. You simply do not have time to wrestle with your words. With adequate time, though, you may just find God using His Holy Spirit to Pastor Coaching give you a word you’ve never had before.

There are a number of practical steps…

  1. Just Write

That’s the very first key. Your very first step is to not worry about having the right words. That’s the end goal, but you most likely won’t start there. Just get the concept out of your head. Then begin to narrow it down to make it a sticky statement. If you’re like others, if you don’t get your initial thought out of your mind and on paper (or Pastor Coaching in a Word document), you might lose that thought. So, just write it down. Even if it’s a paragraph, write it down. Next, go through and pull out all the keywords as well as cut the fluff. Simplify the concept as much as you possibly can.  That may seem elementary, but   so many pastors who merely settle for the first thing that pops in their mind.

What do you do while you’re simplifying your words? You don’t just sit there hoping for the right words to slap you in the face.

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  1. Use Your Peers

This is one of the favorite of Pastor Coaching. Never underestimate the imagination of those on your staff, your spouse, friends, etc. It requires you to be a little open and vulnerable, but some of the stickiest statements you’ve used have come from within a room of three or four people brainstorming together. Just start writing down those keywords on a whiteboard as well as watch what begins to evolve. This also gives you a sounding board. You’ll get instant feedback on what sticks and what does not. Sometimes the right words that compose the right phrase will instantly hit you. Most of the time, though, it takes you  several hours even a day or two.

Whether it’s your sermon, a letter, an email, a book you’re writing, etc… Don’t settle for adequate words. Wrestle with your words until they hold a potency that will touch many lives.

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  Pastor: Don’t Settle, Wrestle!

As a pastor, you have several tools at your disposal that make you effective. Obviously, prayer is at the top. Scripture is a good one too. One of your most underestimated Pastor Coaching tools, though, is found in the power of your words.As a pastor who spends hours each week writing, you need to see yourself as an author. That means one of your most powerful tools at your disposal is the power of your words. However, here’s what you  see so many pastors do. They settle for what is “good enough.”

DON’T SETTLE… WRESTLE!!!

Don’t settle for what is “good enough.” Wrestle! Wrestle with your words until they communicate your message with potency. Of course, that takes time, planning and preparation. If you’re not writing your message until the latter part of the week, you have no choice but to settle. You simply do not have time to wrestle with your words. With adequate time, though, you may just find God using His Holy Spirit to Pastor Coaching give you a word you’ve never had before.

There are a number of practical steps…

1. Just Write

That’s the very first key. Your very first step is to not worry about having the right words. That’s the end goal, but you most likely won’t start there. Just get the concept out of your head. Then begin to narrow it down to make it a sticky statement. If you’re like others, if you don’t get your initial thought out of your mind and on paper (or Pastor Coaching in a Word document), you might lose that thought. So, just write it down. Even if it’s a paragraph, write it down. Next, go through and pull out all the keywords as well as cut the fluff. Simplify the concept as much as you possibly can.  That may seem elementary, but   so many pastors who merely settle for the first thing that pops in their mind.

What do you do while you’re simplifying your words? You don’t just sit there hoping for the right words to slap you in the face.

 

3. Use Your Peers

This is one of the favorite of Pastor Coaching. Never underestimate the imagination of those on your staff, your spouse, friends, etc. It requires you to be a little open and vulnerable, but some of the stickiest statements you’ve used have come from within a room of three or four people brainstorming together. Just start writing down those keywords on a whiteboard as well as watch what begins to evolve. This also gives you a sounding board. You’ll get instant feedback on what sticks and what does not. Sometimes the right words that compose the right phrase will instantly hit you. Most of the time, though, it takes you  several hours even a day or two.

 

Whether it’s your sermon, a letter, an email, a book you’re writing, etc… Don’t settle for adequate words. Wrestle with your words until they hold a potency that will touch many lives.

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