Goals In My First Pastorate -- By: Anonymous
CenQ 11:2 (Summer 1968) p. 30
Goals In My First Pastorate
A class assignment by Dr. Charles MacDonald brought expressions of goals worth sharing with others.
1. Schedule Of Time.
I shall try to have a general schedule to follow each day. The first hour in my study would be spent in personal devotions. The remaining part of the morning would be spent in sermon preparation and studying. The afternoon would be spent in calling and visitation and the evenings set aside for meetings or calling.
2. Soul Winning And Visitation.
I would set as my goal to talk to some unsaved person about Jesus Christ each day. I would also try to teach the people in the church the necessity of witnessing, and would teach them the principles involved in soul winning and how to be a soul winner. I would set up a visitation program and set one night a week aside when the whole church would make an effort to go out calling. Visiting each member in the church once a year would also be a goal, and also visiting the hospital weekly and the jail and rest homes, providing these facilities were in the community.
I shall seek to be a pastor on every occasion. I shall endeavor to become personally acquainted with every member of the congregation, their work, their interests, their special concerns. I shall try to manifest a genuine interest in every individual’s well-being, to be the type of person people may turn to first and freely with any problem that they may have.
4. Sunday School.
To improve the Sunday School, I shall attempt to set up certain goals and standards for the teachers. Some of these are: (a) Getting teachers that really feel called to serving in this way and (b) would be willing to go calling and visiting and (c) would be willing to spend time in preparation (I would strive for two hours) each week. A teacher should also live a separated, consistent life. I would also like to set up a training session for teachers where they could be instructed in teaching methods, techniques, Bible, etc.
5. Youth Groups.
If at all possible, I would try to have a youth meeting for different grades, so as not to get too large an age span in any one group. I would attempt to have varied activities
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thus creating a constant enthusiasm and interest. I would also teach them the importance of winning their friends to the Lord and also inviting them out to church where they could hear the Gospel. In each meeting and activity the Gospel would be presented.
At least once a month I would have a deacons meeting and also have regular quarterly business meetings of the church. I would try to te...
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