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6 Reasons Many Pastors Don’t Need An Office Any More
For most pastors, a desk in an office is one of the least creative spaces imaginable.

5. An Office Can Stifle Creativity

The pastor’s calling is more about creativity than administration.

But, for most pastors (including me), a desk in an office is one of the least creative spaces imaginable.

If you are a church administrator whose well-organized office and desk increases your productivity and efficiency, by all means organize your heart out. We need you at your desk. Seriously. We really do.

But if your job is creative and personal, don’t use a work space that stifles creativity and connection.

6. An Office Can Isolate Us

A church office should never be used to separate us from the people we’re supposed to be ministering among. But sometimes it does – usually unintentionally.

The challenge for most pastors isn’t to spend more time in the office, but to spend more time out of the church building entirely.

The challenge for most pastors isn’t to spend more time in the office, but to spend more time out of the church building entirely. Living real life, with real people, meeting real needs.

Follow God’s Call – In Or Out Of The Office

Again, let me emphasize that I’m not suggesting anyone has to get rid of their office, their desk, or any other tool that works for them.

But if what I’ve written here registers with you in any way, if it nudges you to update or abandon any tools so you can do better ministry, use what you can and toss the rest.

There is no “right way” for everyone to use, or not use an office. But we should never let any tool become so important to us that it stifles the ministry God has given us.

Our tools should never define our ministry. Only Jesus does that. And he never had an office.

Come to think of it, he never had a mobile phone, either.

Jesus always put people and ministry first, tools and schedules second. May we always follow his example.

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April 16, 2018 at 2:00 AM

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