I’ve pastored churches between 100 and 200 for about half of my 30+ years in ministry. To do it without going crazy, I’ve had to come to grips with this essential reality:
A pastor can’t have meaningful relationships with 100 to 200 people. If we try, the pastor and the church will suffer for it.
We just aren’t capable of it. Not emotionally, spiritually or geographically.
There’s no quicker path to lost sleep and lost sanity than attempting the impossible. And no, I don’t mean the ‘without God it’s impossible’ kind of impossible. I mean the ‘God didn’t design us to work this way’ kind of impossible.
Here are some Dos and Don’ts that I’ve learned the hard way. They’ve helped help me and the church survive and thrive in the often awkward, in-between world of a church with 100 to 200 in regular attendance.