Dr. Jackson defines the term Pastorpreneur as a pastoral innovator, a creative dreamer willing to take great risks in church ministry with the hope of great gain for Christ and His kingdom. If this definition is all I extracted out of this book it would have been worth the read because it helped define what’s been going on in my heart since I was 20 years old. I never really understood how to communicate to others my passion and creativity when it comes to what God has called me to do, yet this definition nailed it.
Pastorpreneur is divided into three parts that I’ve listed below with my comments and quotes to wet your appetite.
1. Vision – If you need clarity concerning your calling, Dr. Jackson has written some of the best content I’ve ever read regarding the subject.
“We often look for Gods direction during our mountain-top experiences, but sometimes he uses the pits of despair to provide us clearer vision.”
2. Strategy – Great nuts and bolts on strategic thinking as it relates to reaching your community: Attract, Attach, Activate.
“Will we take the risk of boldly trusting God for a fresh vision and powerful strategies that can change our churches, communities and the world? I believe a Spirit-led burst of entrepreneurial activity will lead the church to greater cultural impact…”
3. Action – A vision that is never implemented remains as a dream locked in the heart of a leader. Dr. Jackson encourages the reader to get a plan to see it come to pass.
“Dream great dreams, but also as God for specific plans for achieving what he has placed on your heart.”
If you are a pastor, part of church staff, or a community leader and you are looking for a roadmap on how to get your church or organization from where it’s, to where you see it going, Pastorpreneur by Dr. John Jackson will help bring clarity to your call, cause you to think strategically, and help you keep vision vibrant and healthy.
What’s on your Summer reading list?