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  1. I’m glad to see you put mission first.

    God has blessed me with the (undeserved!) opportunity to mentor younger pastors and train colleagues to serve as intentional interims in hurting churches. We invariably find one thing time and again in these churches. Exit interviews with the departing pastor and interviews with the leaders and members who remain behind reveal the fact that the church has lost sight of its mission.

    In these interviews I try to be sensitive to observer bias but this turns up so often it’s almost predictable.

    I think there are several explanations why these churches (perhaps most churches?) lose contact with their mission.

    1. The pastor may be unclear about the mission. Perhaps pastor can quote the verses but doesn’t have a well-rounded understanding of the mission and how it fits into the mission of God in the world.
    2. Many pastors (a majority?) are creative, inquisitive people. As such, we tend to get bored with “same old, same old” and are always reading and thinking about new adventures. This can attenuate our message and our focus on the mission. It’s easy for us to get caught up in the latest theological hobby horse or our own soapbox interests and lose sight of the big picture.
    3. Many pastors (again, a majority?) are intelligent. They are quick studies. They “get it” fairly quickly when studying new information or evaluating new ways of thinking. We think other people are the same way, losing sight of the fact that they need to hear the mission again and again and again because the only exposure most will have is 30 to 45 minutes of mission talk on Sunday mornings.

    We fall into the trap of thinking, “Hey, I get this stuff, why don’t they?”

    In that vein I’m told that the most brilliant mathematicians are also the worst teachers. Regular folks struggle with things that are elementary and childish to the mind of a genius. I’d like to be able to say my blame lies here but maybe for some of my colleagues it actually does!

  2. There is no key like thing, if any person has a will then it will be possible in any way.

  3. I think the “why” is very important. The passion to do something or burning desire to do something.

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