The following is not so much an article but my notes for a recent presentation with our church staff. It’s part of a leadership seminar I’m working on. If you are a pastor, you might find something you identify with. If you are a staff member, read carefully. You may not agree with all of it, but you need to take it before the Lord. Having served as a staff member for fifteen years prior to pastoring, I can see where I (and others) fell into one or more of these traps. In the next few weeks, I’ll be working on an article entitled ‘The Seven Deadly Sins of a Pastor.’ Since I’m now a pastor, I feel it’s important that, as a pastor, I look in the mirror as well.
A DIVIDED HEART.
III. LACK OF SACRIFICE/ LAZINESS.
V. NO TEAM SPIRIT.
VI. LUST/ JEALOUSY/ENVY.
VII. MINISTRY IN THE FLESH.
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Michael served as the President of the Large Church Roundtable, the Southern Baptist Convention as an IMB Trustee, President of the Georgia Baptist Convention’s Preaching Conference, Vice President of the Georgia Baptist Convention, and President of the 2008 Southern Baptist Convention Pastors’ Conference. He has spoken at conferences, colleges, seminaries, rallies, camps, NBA and college chapel services, well as The Billy Graham Training Center at The Cove. Michael is the recipient of The Martin Luther King Award, The MLK Unity Award, and a Georgia Senate Resolution in recognition of his work in the community and in racial reconciliation.
Michael and his wife, Terri, have two grown daughters, Erin and Hayley.