It is no secret that I have a special love for pastors. Perhaps my years serving as pastor of four churches made me appreciate the hard work and long hours of pastors. But, even when I was a layman banker, I had this love for those who have been called to serve and lead God's churches.
I recently wrote the names of 23 pastors that, at least from my perspective, seem to find the greatest joy in their ministries. While such an exercise is admittedly subjective, it was nevertheless enlightening and encouraging.
I then wrote down what I knew about these pastors: their ministries, their families, and their activities. It was amazing. When it was all said and done, I found ten correlated traits of joyous pastors. I bet few will surprise you.