Many times our Hispanic Pastors ask me, “how can I know that my church leader will be a good pastor in the future?”
My honest answer is that I don’t know for sure, but I try to see if my church leader has these 3 things that help them be a better pastor:
Proverbs 4:7 tells us, "Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom."
Wisdom is foremost. It is the one thing in life that every pastor needs to seek. Wisdom is the foundation to all of the successes in one's life. I have personally known many a man with great amounts of knowledge, but lacking wisdom. It seemed that they were always succeeding up to a certain point, but what they were able to build with knowledge their lack of wisdom eventually destroyed. A man of wisdom seeks to maintain a tender and humble heart before God above all things. They may be smart, but do they have wisdom?
There is a remarkable difference in the culture of a church whose pastor preaches with confidence. I’m not talking about arrogance which pastors often confuse with confidence. I’m talking about the confidence that comes when a man walks in compliance with the laws of God and the laws of man. When a man seeks to walk in full compliance with the laws of God, he is not owned by anyone. In other words, he is able to keep the fear of man in check. Moreover, when a man walks in compliance with the laws of man, he has nothing to fear when he lays his head down each night. Pastors should have confidence in God, confidence in himself and confidence in his team.
A pastor that understands how to strategize understands where his/her church is planted and how to best go about reaching the maximum number of people. This requires strategy. It is a path that you mark and to which you then adhere. The strategy is part of the road to reach the Vision. If we don’t have a strategy for our goal, how are we going to reach our Vision? When a pastor takes the time to strategize, God will be faithful to give a plan. The key is to stick to it.
In Proverbs 4:26-27 it says, "Mark out a straight path for your feet; stay on the safe path. Don't get sidetracked" (NLT).
This is only a personal opinion. I’m sure that you may have much more than just these 3 things – everything we do for Jesus’ kingdom is good.