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Instead of Building Your Platform, Build Your Character

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Pastor, words like “platform” and “influence” are important.

But if we aren’t careful, in our desire to build our platform and influence, we can end up building our EGO.

As leadership gurus Ken Blanchard and Phil Hodges say, “EGO stands for ‘Edging God Out’.”

BUILD YOUR CHARACTER

Instead of building your platform, focus more on building your character.

According to the Apostle Paul, the qualifications to be an elder-pastor are about character, not gifting.

The saying is trustworthy: If anyone aspires to the office of overseer, he desires a noble task. Therefore an overseer must be above reproach, the husband of one wife, sober-minded, self-controlled, respectable, hospitable, able to teach, not a drunkard, not violent but gentle, not quarrelsome, not a lover of money. He must manage his own household well, with all dignity keeping his children submissive, for if someone does not know how to manage his own household, how will he care for God’s church? He must not be a recent convert, or he may become puffed up with conceit and fall into the condemnation of the devil. Moreover, he must be well thought of by outsiders, so that he may not fall into disgrace, into a snare of the devil. 1 Timothy 3:1-7 ESV

HOW DO YOU BUILD YOUR CHARACTER?

I want to share 3 practices (other than classical spiritual disciplines) that challenge and encourage my character development.

Practice the Presence of People:

  • Treat every person you come in contact with as though Jesus died for them.
  • Treat every person as if Jesus left heaven to rescue them.
  • Treat every person as if they are made in the image of God and really matter to Him.
  • This will keep you from treating people as though they are less than made in the image of God.

Practice Being a Servant:

  • People do not exist to serve you, you exist to serve them.
  • Look for ways to serve people besides preaching a sermon.
  • Jesus washed His disciples’ feet. Whose feet are we washing?
  • This will keep you humble and accessible.

Practice the Presence of Christ:

  • Abide in Christ. Revel in Christ. Enjoy Christ. Make much of Christ. Live in constant dependency on Christ.
  • This will keep you relying on Jesus as your source of power.

You build your character, and let God build your platform and influence.

Marinate on that,

Pastor Derwin

 

14 Responses to "Instead of Building Your Platform, Build Your Character"
  • Rob Shepherd July 7, 2014

    I want to thank you for modeling this. I met you at Catalyst two years ago. I had just planted a church and you took time to talk with me. You didn’t have to. Thank you for caring about people.

    • DerwinLGray July 7, 2014

      Thank you Rob!

      I know how hard, lonely, and gut-wrenching planting a church can be.

      Grace and peace.

      Derwin

  • Micah Fries July 16, 2014

    Derwin, this is excellent stuff. I really appreciate it. It’s been an encouraging reminder to me, and I hope it is to others as well.

    You model this well bro.

    Blessings
    Micah

    • DerwinLGray July 23, 2014

      Thanks Micah!

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  • Mark Aarstad July 21, 2014

    Thank you! This article was so timely for me personally, as the pastor of a church in the midst of serious transition. It’s so tempting to focus on the need for skills or programs and neglect the condition of my soul in the process. And by the way, great job combining theological substance, practicality and conciseness – really well done!

    • DerwinLGray July 23, 2014

      Thank you Mark! Blessings!

  • Cindy July 22, 2014

    Hi –
    Just stumbled upon your blog just now – very inspiring but tough advice. It’s changing our perspective from the physical to super-natural in dealing with people we come in contact with! Maybe that is the key I’ve been searching for to unlock this crazy standoff that seems to be going on in my marriage ….good food for thought & I will experiment with this :)
    Thx- & God Bless!
    Cindy

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