3 Communication Traits Pastors Must Practice

Pastors may love Bible study, love God, and love sharing what God’s teaching them, but a lot don’t have good communication skills.

Mark MacDonald  ·  May 16, 2017

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A great church myth is “all Pastors are good communicators”. This sadly isn’t the case.

Pastors may love Bible study, love God, and love sharing what God’s teaching them, but a lot don’t have good communication skills.

A good communicator works on their craft (on top of their subject matter). Ensuring that they engage, connect, and fully transport their ideas to another person or group in a compelling, motivating way.

Some seem to do this naturally.

However for myself, even after teaching the Bible, speaking at conferences, and conducting workshops for almost a 20 years, I’m constantly trying to improve.

I don’t get it right all the time, but I’m always learning and changing.

Here are 3 communication traits Pastors need to start practicing and improving:

1. Love people.

Your congregation, community, and fellow leaders. When the disciples asked Jesus what they should be known for, Jesus replied, “Your love for one another will prove to the world that you are my disciples.”

A good communicator is the same. A Christian communicator NEEDS (double-fold) to love, listen, and learn from those around them.

Many Pastors say they love, but many on their staff don’t feel it; let alone their congregation or community. When God gives you an intense love for a group of people, you want to engage with them. Communication is birthed from this love.

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Mark MacDonald
Is a Bible Teacher, speaker, best-selling author of Be Known For Something, and communication strategist for and the 3000+ churches of the Florida Baptist Convention. He empowers churches to become known for something relevant (a communication thread) throughout their ministries, websites, and social media. His book is available at and
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