“Show me a spiritually healthy church and I’ll show you a spiritually healthy pastor. Show me a spiritually unhealthy church and I’ll show you a spiritually unhealthy pastor.
“If you’ve been the pastor of your church for five years or longer, it’s time to stop blaming your predecessors, your circumstances and your congregation.
Like it or not, after five years, your church looks like you.”
That’s a paraphrase of a teaching I heard a few years ago from the late Norman Shawchuck to a classroom of pastors and pastors-to-be.
Norm wasn’t being confrontational when he said it, but he was blunt.
Was he right?
I think so.
In fact, the smaller the church is, the more it applies. Because, in a Small Church, pastors have fewer layers between ourselves and the other church members.