Churches cannot and should not be run like businesses.
I’ve always felt that to be true. But, as a pastor, I only knew it in the abstract.
Then, a few years ago I started my own business. You’re reading one of the products of it right now. The writing and speaking I do about small churches in my book, the Pivot blog and at NewSmallChurch.com also happens to be a ministry, but it’s not a church, it’s a business. My business.
I started it. I own it. I run it. And I make all the decisions for it.
That’s not the way it is with pastoring.
I didn’t start the church. I don’t own it. I don’t run it. And I don’t make all the decisions for it.
A church doesn’t belong to the pastor. Or the church members. Or the denominational officials. It belongs to Jesus.