Fact: Some congregations chew up pastors and spit them out every 2-3 years. I don’t have a Barna Study or Pew Research Poll to verify that assertion. But I don’t think verification is necessary. We’ve all seen the tragedy of “Monster Churches.”
What leads me to believe it is the church’s fault? Before I get to that, let me admit that it isn’t always the churches fault. I know many men who are just not effective pastors –no matter their congregational context. (That’s a topic for a future blog post entitled “Monster Pastors”).
Having said that, there are plenty of cases where the church undoubtedly has a problem. That is particularly evident in cases where:
- The problem occurs over and over for a long period of time with a multitude of pastors. In these cases, the only common denominator is the congregation.
- Pastors leave the church to find warm welcome and fruitful, long-term ministry in another congregation. When this happens, the change in church makes all the difference. The pastor remains the same.
- The congregation denies that any problem exists at all. Pride is a powerful deceiver.
Once again, I admit that a church may have experienced all three…Continue Reading