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There are two equal, but opposite mistakes we make when it comes to discovering a church’s mission. First extreme: find out what the cool churches are doing and copy that. Second extreme: find something no other church is doing and pursue that.
Finding an evangelical in one of America’s largest cities might be rare, but they’re more plentiful in the nation’s fastest-growing cities.
5 Things Every Pastor Needs to Know About the Church Budget — Jamie Dunlop
So often as pastors, we largely dismiss the budget as something quite unrelated to our work. But your budget is probably the best record of what your church really values. More than your website, more than your glossy brochures, more than what you say you value. And that means that moving toward a healthier church will necessarily involve moving toward a healthier church budget.
Both churches that called me as their pastor followed the same process: they elected a search team who listened to my sermons, checked some references, interviewed me, and then presented me to the church as their next pastor. In my case, the process worked—but that’s not always the case. Below are some of the issues in searching for a pastor, followed by a few practical suggestions:
This Week at ThomRainer.com:
Should a Church Show Individual Pastor and Staff Salaries in the Budget?
The tension over salaries is between transparency and misunderstanding. On the one hand, transparency is usually a good default posture. On the other hand, putting detailed staff salaries before all the church members can be a problem for the following reasons…READ MORE
Eight Reasons Some Pastors Aren’t Ready to Lead Church Revitalization
- It usually takes a long time
- It requires facing reality
- It means the pastor could lose his job
- It often requires asking for help
- It requires a thick skin
- It means you may hurt some people you love
- It requires perseverance and tenacity
- It means taking risks