Life is complicated. Rules of thumb are easy.
There are many simple truths in life that are time tested and, when we think about them, they make a lot of sense too. I can remember in seminary the crash course we were given in my final year on how to handle some of the practical realities of being a clergy person. This said, years in the ministry and the help of many great colleagues have helped me see that there are many more helpful "rules" of sorts we would all do well to know and follow. These rules of thumb below are admittedly more on the realm of personal and financial stewardship (and could apply well to clergy and non-clergy alike), but I do hope to have a post sometime soon reflecting also on some practical everyday rules of thumb for life in ministry too.
Enjoy the list and throw out in the comments any additional thoughts you'd like to offer. Consider these rules of thumb:
Hidden Truths in Pastoral Ministry
Pastors: Let's Eliminate the Offering
Financial Rules of Thumb for Clergy
Why Don't People Give More? Here's Why!
Clergy: Wisely Negotiate Your Call
Church Budgeting in a More Faith-full Way
Reconsider Your Clergy Pension Elections (Now!)
Consider Again Health Savings Accounts (HSAs) for Clergy
Clergy: Talk to Your Churches About Wills
Clergy & Financial Compensation Guidelines
About the Author
Hi, I'm Pastor Andrew, an ELCA pastor with a love for sharing empowering personal stewardship for fellow church leaders. I enjoy researching the financial wisdom of the scriptures and of fellow church leaders and I hope to share my findings in a way to help clergy of all types!