There are very few callings that are more laden with minefields than a young pastor called to serve an older church. But if it’s done well it can be extremely rewarding, for both the young pastor and the older church.
There may be nothing more important to the mission of a church than having a healthy culture. And that culture, conscious or not, is the linchpin that holds any congregation together – or tears it apart.
Life feels overwhelming right now. But even when we’re experiencing a good kind of overwhelming, we can’t live there for long. If we don’t deal with it properly, it has the potential to go really bad, really fast.
Work for numerical growth. But don’t put so much energy into a hoped-for future that you shortchange your right-now life and ministry.
I not have the right to treat any other human being badly, I have an extra obligation not to pile on to someone who’s already receiving so much hurtful attention. No amount of adulation or money can balance that ledger in a person’s heart.