I have 20 years under my belt as the pastor of my Small Church. 30 in pastoral ministry all together. Since there aren’t a lot of us that get to this landmark, there’s not a lot of advice about what to do next.
One thing I know for sure. I don’t want more of the same.
God help me never to settle for that. No matter how good things have been.
A lot of the work of New Small Church is about bringing younger ministers along. Helping them not repeat my mistakes. But today, I’m acting as the young gun, speaking to those that are my age and older. I’m looking ahead and seeing problems that we need to be wary of as we reach new stages of maturity in ministry.
I see some caution flags as I step forward. Some of them are issues we never talk about. It’s about time we did.
If you’re just starting out in ministry, don’t stop reading. There’s something in here for all of us.
Today is the second in a 3-part series, looking at the keys, the cautions and the joys of having a long-term pastorate in a Small Church.
There’s an old saying that young people look to the future, not the past, because that’s what they have the most of. While older people look to the past, not the future, for the reverse reason.
So let me put out a friendly word of encouragement to pastors in a similar position to me, in your 50s, 60s and beyond, with a lot of experience under your belt.
I ask, plead, implore and beg you on behalf of the church, and for other Small Church pastors everywhere…
Don’t sit on your experience.