Is It My Calling to Be a Pastor?
On any given day, a pastor wears many hats. Along with faith, a successful pastor possesses a myriad of skills and traits necessary to be effective in this career. Answer the questions below to see how many of these you possess:
|Are you culturally competent?||Yes or No|
|Are you passionate about your work?||Yes or No|
|Are you compassionate towards others?||Yes or No|
|Do have strong interpersonal communication skills?||Yes or No|
|Do you have a sense of humor?||Yes or No|
|Do you enjoy collaborating with others?||Yes or No|
|Are you comfortable leading others?||Yes or No|
|Do you enjoy learning?||Yes or No|
|Do you value your integrity?||Yes or No|
|Are you spiritual?||Yes or No|
Why Do I Need These Qualities?
Are you culturally competent?
Because most communities comprise people of different ages, backgrounds and ethnicities, pastors must possess an understanding of contemporary cultural issues in order to effectively engage and lead their congregations.
Are you passionate about your work?
Preparing for and leading worship services may be the most visible responsibilities of pastors, but they hold many other leadership roles in a church. As a pastor, you will need passion to fuel this work, seven days a week.
Are you compassionate towards others?
In many churches, pastors offer faith-based counseling. They may also lead community outreach initiatives for those in need within the community. Such responsibilities require compassion, patience and understanding.
Do have strong interpersonal communication skills?
To deliver meaningful worship services that are relevant to the congregation, a pastor needs to be both a powerful orator and a great listener.
Do you have a sense of humor?
While pastors don't need to be comedians, they do need to be considered approachable and relatable by their communities. A sense of humor is a good tool to achieve those goals.
Do you enjoy collaborating with others?
To be effective, a pastor must be a leader who works well with various groups of people. You will regularly collaborate with other leaders within your church, leaders of other churches within your community, and members of your congregation who volunteer for church committees and church initiatives.
Are you comfortable leading others?
Growing a congregation and engaging its members requires a pastor to lead by listening to stakeholders, being innovative and creative, and, finally, being decisive and having conviction in those decisions.
Do you enjoy learning?
Pastors need to be committed to lifelong theological study and cultural learning to continue spiritual growth and remain relevant to the changing needs of congregations.
Do you value your integrity?
As with any leader, a pastor is under a public microscope in the community. You must not only be honest to build trust, but also be accountable for your personal and professional actions.
Are you spiritual?
A pastor must have a strong relationship not only with the community, but also with God. This career is referred to as a calling because leadership and interpersonal skills are irrelevant if you do not have deep personal faith and spiritual beliefs.
Analyze Your Results
Did you reply 'yes' to most of the questions? If so, being a pastor may very well be your calling. If you know the church denomination for which you would like to work, your next step is to investigate the training and education requirements you'll need.