How to Win the “NBA Finals” of Discipline in Your Pastoral Life

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Pastoral Life: NBA Finals of Self-Discipline

Imagine life for a basketball player in the NBA Finals. Success isn’t just contingent on their enjoyment of being on the court. Sure, enjoying basketball certainly aids in motivation, but there are more components to winning the game. Years of practice and ongoing discipline yield the best results.

Pastoral life isn’t so different in some regards. Having a heart and enjoyment for ministry is certainly a wonderful start. Similar to basketball players (Stephen Curry, LeBron James, etc.), every pastor must also practice and continually refine their self-discipline in order to become more effective.

Every day hits and hurts or successes and delights often crowd our minds. We easily forget the importance of staying grounded and disciplined. In a society throwing so many distractions our way, it becomes even more challenging. It’s easy to forget the importance of self-discipline as a leader. Below are some verses that I feel are helpful reminders.

Inspiring Bible Verses About Self-Discipline:

“A man without self-control is like a city broken into and left without walls,” (Proverbs 25:28).

“Poverty and disgrace come to him who ignores instruction, but whoever heeds reproof is honored,” (Proverbs 13:18).

“But I discipline my body and keep it under control, lest after preaching to others I myself should be disqualified,” (1 Corinthians 9:27).

Pastoral Life Leadership Discipline Tips:

In Leadership Tips: 6 Disciplines on the Road to Success, I mentioned six important leadership disciplines that are especially important for pastors. They are listed briefly below. Click here for a more detailed breakdown of each item.

  1. Provide leadership
  2. Build community
  3. Value people
  4. Display authenticity
  5. Develop people
  6. Share leadership




Scripture quotations taken from:
The Holy Bible, English Standard Version® (ESV®)
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ESV Text Edition: 2011


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Glenn C. StewartPastor & Church Coach
Glenn C. Stewart has forty years of experience leading churches, planting a church, and developing leaders. He has served as an adjunct professor of theology and leadership at the Orlando campus of Palm Beach Atlantic University, and as the chairman of the board of a Christian college and seminary. Along with his degrees in Bible and theology he has a master’s degree in organizational leadership. Glenn has a heart for serving pastors and being a spiritual mentor.


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