In my 39 years in ministry I’ve served as a singles pastor, discipleship pastor, teaching pastor, church planter, and as a lead pastor where I currently serve. I’ve served in the deep south (the land of grits), the southwest (the land of Mexican buffets), the far west (the land of fish tacos), the mid-west (the land of Chicago hot-dawgs), and now in Canada (the land of poutine; I wondered what that was too. Google it.). Three kids, two grandkids, and five books later, each experience has made me a more rounded leader. Yet, as I look back, I think I’d have done a few things differently. Here’s a list of my do-overs.
- I wouldn’t have been so much a people pleaser.
- I would have carved out more time to think and reflect.
- I would have more consistently disconnected one day each week.
- I would have spent more time building closer friendships with other pastors.
- I would have turned off my smart phone and computer more often.
- I would have read twice as many books as I actually did.
- I would have listened more and talked less.
As I enter not my life’s ‘half-time’ but more like my life’s ‘3/5’s-time, I hope to apply some of these lessons better going forward.
What would be your biggest do-over?