Posted by: everynation | September 15, 2008

Top 10 Tips for (Young) Pastors & Church Planters

by Steve Murrell

Learned a lot two weeks ago during our Church Planter Boot Camp listening to Kevin York talk about the pre-launch stage of church planting. I wish I heard this 25 years ago. Wouldn’t have made so many dumb decisions.

Can’t remember what it was, but something Kevin said inspired this “Top 10 Tips for Young Pastors & Church Planters” list.

10. Read your Bible. Every day. Not just to make sermons, but to know God.

9. Exercise. You’ll feel better, live longer and look younger.

8. Build a team. Don’t do life and ministry alone. Don’t be a one-man-show. Don’t get sucked into the “man of God syndrome.” You are just a man, not THE man.

7. Think BIG. Dream BIG. But don’t act like a big-shot.

6. Go on a mission trip. Every year. Either overseas or to the poorest part of your city.

5. Honor your father and mother… despite your unique family dysfunctions. (And your spiritual father/mother, despite your unique spiritual family dysfunctions.)

4. Coach your kid’s sports teams. Or at least be their #1 fan.

3. Date your wife. Every week. (If you don’t have a wife, find one and receive favor from the Lord.)

2. Take a day off. Every week. No, Sunday is not a day off for pastors.

1. Make disciples. I’m not talking about staff meetings, teaching leadership seminars, preaching from the pulpit. Make disciples like Jesus did – by doing life with a small group of men (or women, if you are female).

Steve Murrell is a missionary, pastor, and the author of “The Reluctant Leader” and “The Accidental Missionary.”


  1. Hi Ptr. Steve…first of all congratulations for this new website…it’s much nicer and “cleaner” to look at… :-)

    I’m currently in Dapitan City in Zamboanga del Norte, helping plant a church aside from running a small business..I’m originially from Galleria church.

    We now have regular campus small groups and ongoing 1to1s every Tuesday night…Regular attendees range from 20 – 30 students. We also have some follow ups among the couples and singles professionals. Workers who also moved here were formerly from Victory QC, Dumaguete and Zamboanga…Every Sunday is our prayer meeting and worship night. We are in coordination with the Mindanao pastors and Ptr. Ferdie and Ptr. Jun. :-)

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