I’m a church planter, and most of what I’ve learned about the church has come the hard way.
Thirteen years ago, on the first Sunday in January, I launched Eastpoint Church. In the 25 or so years before that, I had helped start or reboot six other churches.
None of that makes me an expert, just experienced. I’m still learning. My most recent lesson is one I didn’t especially like, but I needed it nonetheless.
Here’s my latest discovery: At some point in your pastoring journey, you may end up in the land between “the thrill of victory and the agony of defeat,” and what you do then matters—a lot.
In this in-between season, things aren’t necessarily all bad. In fact, you might have much to be thankful for in your church. The bills are paid. The staff are gifted, capable, and faithful. People are showing up and still getting saved.
But the land between often means . . .
- The buzz has faded, and you aren’t the hot new thang in town anymore.
- The faithful are still with you but are much harder to inspire to sacrificial greatness.
- When you announce a new series, the old regulars suspect it’s not…