Are you following a long-term pastor? Did a long-tenured pastor return to your church as a member? Thom and Sam discuss five considerations when following a long-tenured pastor. This is a great episode about leading well and honoring those who have come before you.
- Honor your predecessor. No disparaging comments.
- For a season, let your predecessor know about major changes.
- Consider taking your predecessor up on any offer to stay away for a while.
- If appropriate, ask your predecessor to preach on occasion.
- Be respectful of any family members of your predecessor in the church.
- Starting with negativity is a self-fulfilling prophecy, especially in the church.
- The longer the tenure of a pastor the more ingrained in the community they become.
- The best way to get support from a predecessor is to keep in regular communication.
- The good leaders will step away from a ministry if only for a season, to allow the new leader to establish themselves.
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