Pastorally Speaking: Johnny Hunt on Distinguishing between Good and Best

February 24, 2012 by Bruce Ashford

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Editor’s Note: This blogpost by Johnny Hunt kicks off a new BtT series entitled “Pastorally Speaking.” In this series, SBC pastors will “think aloud” about matters related to pastoral leadership and church life. The posts will be brief, no more than a few paragraphs, and written for those of our readers who are training for, and actively involved in, local church ministry.

One great challenge in the Pastor’s life is leadership. I find it very difficult at times to distinguish between what’s good and what’s best. In a recent time of reflection, I began to think through life’s priorities and what I sense as God’s best for the ministry the Lord has entrusted to me. After solidifying these priorities I now find myself with another challenge. If I’m convinced of what is best, am I willing to give my best to these priorities? Hopefully by now you are curious as to what these priorities are. One thing is for sure, they will be different for every person.

After much prayer and conversation with my wife, the following serve as the driving priorities for at least the next 10 years.

1. Pastoring the FBC Woodstock

2. Mentoring 2 Pastors per year as long as I am Pastoring

3. Training Pastors/Staff through Timothy + Barnabas Ministry

4. Very active in Church Planting

5. Modeling Generosity

6. Touching Poverty

7. Training in our SBC Colleges and Seminaries

It is my prayer that these 7 priorities will be used by our Lord to guide my scheduling of the greatest resource entrusted to me, TIME. It is very easy to allow ourselves to be driven in lots of areas that don’t necessarily magnify our spiritual giftedness. Thus far these priorities are serving as a great guide to greater effectiveness and to accomplishing more with less.

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