C. Michael Patton of Credo House has a good post entitled “SEVEN MARKS OF A GOOD THEOLOGIAN,” which I thought equally applies to pastors. Ironically, numbers 6 and 7 really do belong on the list. Sadly I’ve known pastors who are not “pastoral” and who lean more on their rhetorical skills or supposed position of authority rather than on God’s Spirit.
The seven marks are:
- Irenic: This means that we approach people peacefully.
- Honesty: This is the ability to admit when you don’t know things.
- Adaptability: Theologians should always be adapting because they know they don’t have it all figured out.
- Transparency: Show yourself to others, warts and all.
- Networked: You will never be an expert in every area…Oh, and just because someone is dead does not mean they should not join your network.
- Pastoral: It is not about being right, it’s about changing lives.
- Dependent on the Holy Spirit: Stop every chance you get and bow before God and ask that the power of the Holy Spirit would give you the ability to understand and yield to the truth.
Read the whole thing.
See also my “Best Practices for Church Leadership”.