Pastor Wendell, his teachings, and his life, made a indelible mark upon my own heart and life, which can never be erased. Being trained under him for 3 years at The City Church is one of the highlights of my life. His sensitivity to the things of God, were like no other. “The Spirit & the Word”, “Grace-Grace”, “Faith!”, “Whatever it Takes”… were his mottos, and became the battle cry for all of us to live by. I will never forget you, Pastor, nor the things you taught me. I love you. I will see you soon.
As I was taking the plane back from the Homegoing Service, here’s some of the lessons I learned from one of the greatest Pastors to ever grace this planet::
40 LESSONS I LEARNED FROM PASTOR WENDELL SMITH
1. Live a life worthy to be emulated.
2. Make time to love your wife & kids.
3. Pastor your family, before your church.
4. A good name is more important than you think.
5. Even after a long wed nite, people remember being loved & valued, (even if you don’t think they do).
6. Never stop dreaming, writing, or strategizing.
7. Even in hardship, have a good attitude.
8. Never loose your graciousness.
9. Be transparent with people.
10. Be yourself, but be your’ anointed-self.
11. Don’t be a people-pleaser. Be strong in the grace that’s in Christ Jesus.
12. “Smile while you preach.”
13. There’s only two speeds at which to operate: Wait; and Go-Fast.
14. Pray, receive a word from God, get counsel, take weeks & months if you have to, before you make important decisions that guide your church/ministry. (This way you’ll be right 99% of the time).
15. Believe in every promise in the Bible, even if you don’t see it’s fulfillment right away.
16. Really get into your Bible & mark it up, (the scriptures you don’t read & highlight can’t help you.)
17. Have scriptures on certain topics printed out (like: Prosperity, etc.) so that you can quote them in times of need & encourage your family with them too.
18. Make people feel special.
19. Relationships are too important, (never take them for granted.)
20. Give honor to whom honor is due.
21. Be a Giver.
22. “Do the ridiculous, and God will do the miraculous.”
23. Be secure enough to laugh or cry in the pulpit.
24. Be sensitive to the Holy Spirit, even in a restaurant, (you never know when God is going to move.)
25. Be a man of prayer, (your children really are watching.)
26. Practice “60-Second Pastoring” on Sunday mornings & Wed. nites, (don’t be in such a hurry that you walk past people without seeing how they’re doing. It just takes a minute).
27. Pastor your staff/leaders well; and they’ll pastor your people well.
28. “Attitude is the most important thing.”
29. Prayer is what makes things work.
30. Possess an excellent spirit.
31. If it’s worth doing, it’s worth doing well.
32. Have a vision, have a verse, have a strategy.
33. Don’t be so busy, that you forget to come out of your tent and look up at the stars.
34. Be a Worshipper first, then be a Pastor.
35. Learn, (and never lose) the art & practice of Intercession.
36. Pastor Wendell loved golf & birds. Have hobbies. They’re a great release of pressure in life, and the ministry.
37. Take lots of pictures & video of your people, so you can mark the progress of your ministry, and celebrate your victories.
38. Never forget the people who helped you get where you’re at today.
39. At special events, you can eat later. Walk around, pastor & love on your people while they’re there.
40. When you take along one of your young staff members as your armor-bearer, make him feel special by acknowledging him before your preach, by saying, “This is __________ one of my anointed associates.” (Pastor Wendell always knew how to make me feel special, even when I was just a “maintenance guy”.)
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