Character Matters: Shepherding in the Fruit of the Spirit (2023)

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Pastor, it's time to turn down the noise and focus on what matters.

Today's pastoral world is packed with books, conferences, and seminars teaching you different techniques for being an all-star pastor, growing your church quickly, and changing the world. But the key to true success is much harder and much simpler. Pastors are called to be faithful, to have exemplary character, and to love Jesus. Without faithfulness, their ministry ends up harming others rather than helping them. Churches need pastors with sound doctrine and a sound life.

Character Matters was written to help you slow down, cut through the noise and distractions, and focus on what matters—the fruit of the Spirit. Each chapter is a guided, biblical meditation on one aspect of each piece of the fruit of the Spirit. As you reflect and focus on the simple things that matter, you'll see your heart change and your ministry follow, slowly, surely, and by the power of the Spirit.

(Video) "Character Matters", by Aaron Menikoff

Aaron Menikoff is the Senior Pastor of Mount Vernon Baptist Church in Atlanta, GA. Before entering pastoral ministry, he served as a legislative assistant for the late United States Senator Mark O. Hatfield. He earned an M.Div. and a Ph.D. at Southern Seminary where he studied Christian social engagement during the Second Great Awakening. He is the author of Politics and Piety: Baptist Social Reform in America, 1770-1860 (Pickwick, 2014). Aaron has a heart for encouraging pastors. He organizes a yearly conference called Feed My Sheep, leads a monthly pastors fellowship in his area, and is Visiting Lecturer in Church History at Reformed Theological Seminary in Atlanta. He is married to Deana and is the father of Rachel, Jonah, Natalie, and Tori.

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“These meditations on the Pauline fruit of the Spirit by a seasoned pastor have their matrix in the actual practice of pastoral ministry and are thus felicitous in achieving the goal of this book: namely, the vital reminder that character is absolutely central to the task and calling of the pastorate. Earlier generations knew this well. My favorite pastor from the past, the eighteenth-century Englishman Andrew Fuller, once commented that behind eminent usefulness in the kingdom of God lies eminent spirituality. Menikoff's study is a much-needed reminder of this truth. Yes, ours is a very different day from that of Andrew Fuller, but the truth is the same.”

Michael A. G. Haykin

Chair and Professor of Church History, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary

“Character matters, and it matters a lot when it comes to those men who are called to pastor the churches of the Lord Jesus. Connecting character to the fruit of the Spirit summarized in Galatians 5:22–23, my friend Aaron Menikoff provides both challenge and encouragement to the undershepherds of the Great Shepherd. This book will serve church leaders well.”

Daniel L. Akin

President of Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary

“Character Matters is written by a pastor for pastors, but I would recommend it for pastors' wives, missionaries, Bible study leaders, and every other Christian who wants to see more of the fruit of the Holy Spirit in his or her life. Aaron Menikoff is the real deal, transparent about the challenges of ministry and even his own weaknesses. He humbly cares for others, loves the church and desires to glorify the Lord in his life and his shepherding. This comes through in his book, which is full of insightful truths that will help you examine your heart and grow in Christlikeness. As I read, I was convicted and challenged but always encouraged as gracious words pointed me over and over to the work of our Lord Jesus as the foundation for any good fruit. Read this book and let it spur you on to Spirit-wrought character.”

Keri Folmar

Pastor's wife in Dubai; author of The Good Portion: Scripture and the Delighting in the Word Bible study series

“In a culture that values competency over character, Christians need to be reminded that the ascended Christ calls faithful men to lead his church by example. Pastors are to set an example for the flock of God among them (1 Peter 5:2–3): “in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith, in purity” (1 Tim. 4:12). Aaron Menikoff understands this call. He also understands the rigors of ministry and the temptations pastors face. So, in Character Matters, Menikoff calls church leaders to reflect upon their personal holiness—through the lens of the fruit of the Spirit (Gal. 5:22–23)—in order that we may lead by example. Brother pastors, our people need godly examples to follow. Take up this book and begin reflecting on God's work of grace in your life, asking Him to produce God-glorifying fruit, that your people may follow in your steps.”

Juan R. Sanchez

Senior pastor, High Pointe Baptist Church, Austin, TX; author of The Leadership Formula: Develop the Next Generation of Leaders in Your Church

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“In his book Character Matters, Aaron Menikoff gives pastors/church leaders a clear, biblical blueprint for leading and growing a healthy church. Menikoff helps the reader move past any devotion to a “style over substance” approach and reveals the impact that can only be made by a Spirit-filled life. Character Matters is rich in practical and theological application. It is a must read for every pastor who wants to avoid many modern-day pitfalls in church leadership.”

W. Thomas Hammond Jr.

Executive Director, Georgia Baptist Mission Board

“I needed to read this book. I need to read this book. I will need to read this book. Aaron has done a sweet service to pastors in crafting a book that reminds them they are sheep! This is a book about a pastor's first ministry, namely, to walk close with the Lord and bear much fruit as a disciple. It's warm, convicting, and full of grace—just like its author. As I read Character Matters, I found myself thinking after almost every page, “man, I really, really need this.” Perhaps, dear pastor, you do as well. This work will definitely spur you on to love and good works in your personal walk with Jesus.”

Brian Davis

Pastor, Risen Christ Fellowship, Philadelphia, PA

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Pastor, it's time to turn down the noise and focus on what matters.

Today's pastoral world is packed with books, conferences, and seminars teaching you different techniques for being an all-star pastor, growing your church quickly, and changing the world. But the key to true success is much harder and much simpler. Pastors are called to be faithful, to have exemplary character, and to love Jesus. Without faithfulness, their ministry ends up harming others rather than helping them. Churches need pastors with sound doctrine and a sound life.

Character Matters was written to help you slow down, cut through the noise and distractions, and focus on what matters—the fruit of the Spirit. Each chapter is a guided, biblical meditation on one aspect of each piece of the fruit of the Spirit. As you reflect and focus on the simple things that matter, you'll see your heart change and your ministry follow, slowly, surely, and by the power of the Spirit.

About The Author

Aaron Menikoff is the Senior Pastor of Mount Vernon Baptist Church in Atlanta, GA. Before entering pastoral ministry, he served as a legislative assistant for the late United States Senator Mark O. Hatfield. He earned an M.Div. and a Ph.D. at Southern Seminary where he studied Christian social engagement during the Second Great Awakening. He is the author of Politics and Piety: Baptist Social Reform in America, 1770-1860 (Pickwick, 2014). Aaron has a heart for encouraging pastors. He organizes a yearly conference called Feed My Sheep, leads a monthly pastors fellowship in his area, and is Visiting Lecturer in Church History at Reformed Theological Seminary in Atlanta. He is married to Deana and is the father of Rachel, Jonah, Natalie, and Tori.

Product Details
  • Cover Type:
  • 206 Pages
  • Publisher: Moody Publishers
  • Publication Date: May 2020
  • ISBN: FMENIKAA____CHARACTERMATTERSSHEP9780802419743
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FAQs

What disqualifies someone from being a pastor? ›

Divorce and remarriage could certainly disqualify one from pastoral ministry, but maybe not always. Consider a man divorced and remarried before salvation. Or consider a pastor whose wife left him (divorced him) and is not interested in reconciliation.

What are the character of a good pastor? ›

10 qualities every pastor should possess
  • A deep love and burden for people and souls.
  • A clear, personal love for Jesus.
  • A warmth in personality that people respond to well.
  • A unique ability to understand and explain God's Word.
  • An ability to emotionally engage people both public and private.
  • A clear communicator.
Apr 9, 2020

What makes a good pastor leader? ›

A pastor must know how to work with people, work through people, minister to people, and lead people. A good pastoral leader cannot be constantly passive and nondirective. In any group, if tasks are accomplished, some of necessity must assume some degree of leadership.

What are the characteristics of a pastor in the Bible? ›

In addition to their love for God's people and their passion for the church, the three key components that each man possessed in abundance are also evident. These pastors, faithfully preach, faithfully care, and are faithful in persecution.

Can a pastor be exempt from Social Security? ›

An exemption from self-employment coverage under Social Security can be obtained by: Any duly ordained, commissioned, or licensed minister of a church, member of a religious order who has not taken a vow of poverty; or.

What makes a pastor a good shepherd? ›

God's plan for leadership in the church is shepherds caring for His flock. The pastor as shepherd is someone committed to knowing you, feeding you, leading you, and protecting you.

What are the three words to describe a pastor? ›

Shepherd. Elder. Overseer. These three words describe the job description of those who serve as pastors.

What personality type are pastors? ›

The average Pastor tends to be loyal, supportive, and helpful. They can be a stabilizing force in a group and will likely invest lots of time building relationships with their peers. They will probably work best in a serene work environment, avoiding chaos and sudden change.

What is the most important role of a pastor? ›

Preaching and Teaching

According to Churchleaders.com, the primary duty of a pastor is to spread the word of God and shepherd followers seeking spiritual guidance, as taught in 1 Peter 5:2-4. In fulfillment of their calling, pastors dedicate themselves to studying the Bible and preaching.

What are three duties of a good church leader? ›

A church leader needs to be a Godly leader, a role model, and a guidance giver – not only for your church members but for everyone else in the community too. They mentor and encourage people, furthering their faith and ensuring that they have a positive church experience.

How should a pastor lead his church? ›

Here are nine of their most common responses.
  1. Pray that the church will become more evangelistic. ...
  2. Pray for opportunities to share the gospel. ...
  3. Become accountable to someone else for sharing the gospel. ...
  4. Start new groups. ...
  5. Preach the gospel. ...
  6. Celebrate new believers. ...
  7. Get the gospel in all the ministries.
Nov 24, 2015

What are the four roles of a pastor? ›

Their duties include preaching sermons to their congregation, organizing charitable activities and church events and meeting with members of their congregation to help them strengthen their faith or overcome significant life changes.

What were the characteristics of the apostle Paul as a good minister? ›

He was sensitive to the needs of others, he had affection for people, he demonstrated authenticity; and, he was enthusiastically affirming.

What does your pastor mean to you? ›

He represents our church well, and everyone in the community knows him. He is God-sent and cares about his parishioners. His wife is also a wonderful woman, and we love them. It is important to encourage our pastor.”

What should you not do when preaching? ›

Four Preaching Don'ts to Avoid
  1. Don't tackle too much information or cover too many topics. ...
  2. Don't stand up to preach until your heart is captivated by the truth you're proclaiming. ...
  3. Don't be afraid to call people to action and commitment. ...
  4. Don't preach to people who are not there.
Mar 19, 2018

Can I confess my sins to a pastor? ›

James tells us to confess our sins to one another.

In these situations, it can be helpful to go to a trusted Christian pastor or friend and confide in them. The purpose of doing this is not for them to tell you that you are forgiven. Only God can do this.

How do you honor your pastor in words? ›

Let your pastor know you know
  1. “Thank you for patiently teaching scripture to me by word and deed. You've been most patient with me as I seek by faltering steps to apply its truths to my life.”
  2. “I pray God will encourage your heart as you've encouraged mine.

Should I pay tithes on Social Security? ›

When a person pays in to social security, the money they contribute should be tithed on. (This is when a person returns tithe on their gross income.)

Can pastors have taxes withheld? ›

For services in the exercise of the ministry, members of the clergy receive a Form W-2 but do not have social security or Medicare taxes withheld. They must pay social security and Medicare by filing Schedule SE (Form 1040), Self-Employment Tax.

Can a church pay Social Security for a pastor? ›

Churches are prohibited from paying FICA tax for clergy but are encouraged to pay a social security allowance for their pastor, which offsets their social security burden. Many churches assume at least 50% of its pastor's Social Security tax burden by providing a Social Security Allowance to him or her.

What are the five qualities of a good shepherd? ›

8 Qualities of Shepherd-Leaders
  • Boundaries. As I've written elsewhere, every relationship is defined and preserved by boundaries. ...
  • Example. The shepherd “goes on ahead of [the sheep], and his sheep follow him” (10:3-4). ...
  • Trustworthy. ...
  • Provision. ...
  • Sacrificial. ...
  • Invested. ...
  • Relational. ...
  • Visionary.
Apr 19, 2022

What are three things a good shepherd should do? ›

Shepherd-leaders need to strive for feeding the lambs and the sheep, bringing them to good pasture lands and water, grooming and clipping them, playing midwives for delivering new lambs, directing them and teaching them to stay in unity, seeking after the wandering lost ones, and protecting the sheep in the kosmos and ...

What are the elements of shepherding? ›

An effective shepherding ministry must include the four shepherding functions. . . . knowing, feeding, leading, and protecting . . . .

What is a pastor in one word? ›

pastor. noun. pas·​tor. ˈpas-tər. : a minister or priest in charge of a church or parish.

What is the heart of a pastor? ›

I'm sure that if we surveyed 100 pastors with that question we would get some pretty consistent answers. We would hear qualities listed like visionary, entrepreneur, integrity, risk-taker, decisive, communicator, faith, courage, inspirational and focused. And all of those certainly can be qualities of great leaders.

How does God call a pastor? ›

Through his Spirit, God speaks to those persons he has called to serve as pastors and ministers of his Church. The great Reformer Martin Luther described this inward call as “God's voice heard by faith.” Those whom God has called know this call by a sense of leading, purpose and growing commitment.

What personality type is the most spiritual? ›

INFJs are the rarest type of personality. Some of their highest values include Spirituality, Community Service and Learning. Some famous INFJs include Florence Nightingale, Carl Jung, Mohandas Ghandi and Emily Bronte.

What personality are most leaders? ›

If you want to be an effective leader, you need to be kind, thoughtful, creative, an effective communicator, self-aware, have integrity and empathy, engaged, passionate, ethical, and accountable.

What personality type is a good leader? ›

ESTJ (Extroverted + Sensing + Thinking + Judging)

This personality type can be described as people that are are logical, assertive, decisive, and results-oriented. They make great leaders because they are natural-born leaders through their tendency to take charge.

Why do we need a pastor to shepherd us? ›

There are three main reasons why we need pastors: first, pastors bring us the Word of God; second, pastors encourage us in our walk with Christ; and third, pastors equip us to do ministry. It should not surprise us that each of these needs corresponds to a provision from Christ.

Can a woman be a pastor? ›

Scripture is clear. Only biblically qualified men can hold the position of pastor in Christ's church.

What are the core responsibilities of a pastor? ›

Job Responsibilities of a Pastor

Your duties include preparing weekly sermons, preaching and conducting worship services. It's your responsibility to interpret biblical scripture for the congregation. You also provide care and counseling to church members and assist them in crisis situations.

What are 5 duties of a good church leader? ›

7 of the Most Important Church Leadership Roles and Positions
  • leading worship services.
  • teaching religious education classes.
  • providing spiritual guidance to church members.
  • overseeing the administration of the church.
Jul 18, 2022

What is the character of a good leader in the Church? ›

A church leader needs qualities that influence and morally support the congregation, the volunteers, and others within the community. Such qualities include moral trustworthiness, social aptitude, empathy, pastoral care, and more.

What does the Bible say about the character of a leader? ›

Colossians 3:12-13 offers one of the best Bible verses about leadership (and life in general). The guidance here calls for kindness, compassion, patience, humility and gentleness — all wonderful qualities of good leaders.

What Scripture is for pastors leading the church? ›

“Obey your leaders and submit to them, for they are keeping watch over your souls, as those who will have to give an account. Let them do this with joy and not with groaning, for that would be of no advantage to you.” This scripture is a reminder to the church that God puts people in leadership roles for a reason.

What did Jesus say about leadership in the church? ›

A leader serves.

In Matthew 20:25-28, Jesus tells His disciples that leaders should not exercise authority over people. Instead, whoever wants to become great must lower himself to be a servant. Leaders realize that serving others is the only way to lead with a pure heart, free of pride and arrogance.

What makes a good worship pastor? ›

A worship leader must be able to shepherd their congregation. They lead and live by example. Maturity and a vibrant relationship with the Lord is paramount when becoming a worship leader, so that you can lead with a grace that strengthens and encourages the people in your congregation.

What are the 4 pillars of pastoral ministry? ›

Four Pillars of Formation
  • HUMAN FORMATION. A priest remains a human person and it is important that their personality should encourage not detract others in meeting Jesus Christ (PDV 43). ...
  • SPIRITUAL FORMATION. ...
  • INTELLECTUAL FORMATION. ...
  • PASTORAL FORMATION.

What is the difference between a pastor and a preacher? ›

What's the difference between a pastor and a preacher? While a pastor's role is incredibly varied, a preacher is someone who preaches. Simply put, all pastors are preachers, but not all preachers are pastors.

What to do when your pastor is not doing his job? ›

What to Do When Your Pastor Isn't Very Pastoral
  1. Forgive them for failing to be honest and not acting with good ethical practices. ...
  2. Pray for them to see the error of their way. ...
  3. Get past them as your leaders. ...
  4. Look for a better pastor to lead you faithfully. ...
  5. Decide to trust again.
Jan 22, 2018

What are the qualities of a minister of God with Bible verses? ›

The pastor is to be selfless, not self-centered. Paul reflects this idea in the following qualifications, “respectable, hospitable, able to teach…, not a bully but gentle, not quarrelsome…” and “have a good reputation among outsiders, so that he does not fall into disgrace and the devil's trap.”

What qualities did Peter possess as the leader of the church? ›

The Leader of the Early Church

Through empowerment that comes from the Holy Spirit (Acts 2:1-4), Peter's characteristics of fearfulness and inconsistency are replaced by confidence, conviction and compassion (Acts 2:14-4:31).

What was the weakness of Paul? ›

In his weakness Paul was obliged to trust in God and his converts to recognize God. Some modern readers might begin to feel uneasy about this Pauline motif of the apostle's weakness and God's power.

Who is a pastor in simple words? ›

A pastor is someone with the authority to lead religious services. Pastors lead church services and help others worship. Pastor is a religious title used mostly in Christian churches. The pastor is a leader within a church who has been ordained and therefore given the authority to conduct religious services.

Why did God give a pastor? ›

The Word of God in Jeremiah 3:15 records these words, “And I will give you pastors according to my own heart which shall feed you with knowledge and understanding”. God has given pastors a heart to love God's people.

What are requirements to be a pastor? ›

While the educational standards for pastors may vary from denomination to denomination, most churches require at least a bachelor's degree. Many will prefer someone with a master's degree, and many pastors themselves will choose to earn an advanced degree in theology or divinity to build their own skills and knowledge.

What are the rules of being a pastor? ›

Be Trustworthy
  • in leadership. Model the trustworthiness of God in leadership to encourage and develop trustworthiness in others. Use power and influence prudently and humbly. ...
  • with information. Guard confidences carefully. ...
  • with resources. Be honest and prudent in regard to personal and ministry resources.

Can you be a pastor without being ordained? ›

There are no government certification or licensure requirements for pastors, but some denominations refer to to pastor or minister ordination as certification or licensure. To become certified or licensed by a church, one must meet that church's education and experience requirements.

Can you be a pastor without preaching? ›

For example, it's relatively common for pastors to serve a small church or ministry part-time while teaching Bible at a community college or university. Or you may choose to become a “teaching pastor,” whose focus in the church is small group study or training, rather than preaching.

What are the duties of a pastor's wife in the Bible? ›

The role of a pastor's wife is the same as that of any other wife in a believing household: to love God with all her heart, soul, mind, and strength, and to love and support her husband as he follows God.

What is a pastor duty according to the Bible? ›

Your duties include preparing weekly sermons, preaching and conducting worship services. It's your responsibility to interpret biblical scripture for the congregation.

What makes a pastor a pastor? ›

A pastor (abbreviated to "Pr" or "Ptr" (both singular), or "Ps" (plural)) is the leader of a Christian congregation who also gives advice and counsel to people from the community or congregation. In Lutheranism, Catholicism, Eastern Orthodoxy, Oriental Orthodoxy and Anglicanism, pastors are always ordained.

Does the Bible call pastors shepherds? ›

Shepherds Shepherd the Flock

However, our English word “pastor” is not actually found in Scripture, but comes from the Latin word pastor, which means “shepherd.” In other words, your pastors are your shepherds. The Bible also has several other names for the men in our churches we call pastors: “shepherd-teachers” (Eph.

Who Cannot be ordained? ›

In the Catholic and Orthodox Christian traditions, women are not permitted to be ordained as priests of the church. According to Catholic doctrine, priests are supposed to represent the likeness of Jesus, a male figure.

What are people in the church who are not ordained? ›

In many Christian denominations, including the Catholic and the Anglican churches, anyone who is not ordained as a deacon, priest, or bishop is referred to as a layman or a laywoman. Non-ordained preachers or readers are considered part of the laity.

Can a pastor do his own wedding? ›

Anyone can lead your ceremony, act as an officiant or celebrant, and it is still a legal marriage in a self-solemnizing state. Q: Can we self-solemnize and have guests? A: Yes! If you want to self-solemnize and lead your own wedding ceremony, you can do that with or without guests in attendance.

Are all pastors called by God? ›

This kind of pastoral ministry—one that is inherently theological—is a calling. Certainly, all Christians are called to serve the cause of Christ. God, however, calls certain persons to serve the church as pastors and in other places of ministry.

Do pastors own their sermons? ›

A church can draft a written agreement that specifically assigns all copyrights of sermons to a pastor. This approach is similar to the one taken by colleges, which often allow professors to retain the copyright of their lecture notes. Have pastors write their sermons at home.

Do pastors practice their sermons? ›

Pastors have numerous church responsibilities, but the one they say takes up the most of their work week is sermon preparation. According to a 2008 Lifeway Research study, the average U.S. Protestant pastor spends almost 14 hours each week in preparation for their Sunday message.

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