My first district as a pastor had two churches that were only 13 miles apart. Before I arrived, I wondered why these two churches just didn’t combine forces and have one stronger congregation in the middle? I’ll never forget our first Sabbath there. My wife and I determined we would go to the Congregation A for Sabbath school, then hurry over to Congregation B for Church. During the Sabbath school program, I whispered to my wife, “This (Congregation A) is a small town.” We then hurried off to the other church and during the worship service there, I again whispered to my wife, “I was wrong, Congregation A is in a large city compared to this one.” I was shocked that two churches in two similar sized communities, only 13 miles apart, could be so vastly different.
Despite all their differences, needs and goals, they really had the same basic things they wanted from me. Ever wonder what your church really wants from its pastor? I mean besides the visitation, Bible studies, preaching, counseling, and the amazing amount of meetings you attend. Every congregation, whether it is large or small, or whether it has multiple pastors or shares their pastor with another congregation or two, wants to know three very basic things about its pastor. Three questions define best what a congregation wants to know about its pastor. These three things will define a ministry maybe more than anything else. They are: 1: Can we trust you? 2: Do you know where you are going? and 3:Can you get us there?
Can We Trust You?
The issue of trust is a big issue within our culture. This one makes sense because if you cannot be trusted, why would we want to let you lead us anywhere? Why would we listen to you on Sabbath mornings? Why would we want you helping to make strategic decisions?
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