I have pastor friends who are continually positive, and I love being with them. Here are some of the characteristics that mark them:
- They see the best in believers. They don’t ignore problematic people, but they refuse to let themselves get sarcastic or critical.
- They “sing” even when ministry is hard. Even on the toughest days, they can sing the good news.
- They view hardship as a learning moment. They don’t pretend that pain doesn’t hurt, but they trust that God will use it for His glory.
- They equip staff members. Rather than complain about unproductive staff, they first spend time walking with them, training them, and holding them accountable.
- They help build healthy teams. That means that these pastors commit time to enlist and equip leaders (e.g., small group leaders), who then help spread the positive attitude.
- They befriend church members. They not only shepherd their congregation; they actually like being with them.
- They believe in, and accept, God’s forgiveness. These pastors don’t let their forgiven sin of yesterday haunt their life today.
- They take responsibility for their attitude. That is, these pastors are positive because they choose to be positive.
- They believe in the church. No matter how crazy church life gets, they still believe that the church is God’s vehicle for doing the Great Commission.
- They pray a lot. It seems that when you turn everything over to God in prayer, it’s easier to stay positive.
What would you add to this list?