Five Problems Caused by Short Pastoral Tenure

November 17, 2017
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Podcast Episode #381

While some circumstances do call for quick pastoral turnover, it’s hard not to wonder if some churches fire their pastor (or the pastor bails) too quickly. Today, we cover the problems that result from this.

Some highlights from today’s episode include:

  • Churches tend to hire the opposite of what they previously had. They swing the pendulum the other way.
  • When a pastor bails on a church or is fired, the staff is often left to pick up the pieces.
  • You cannot execute a vision at once. It takes time.
  • For pastors, far too often “God told me” becomes a convenient cover for “this is hard, and I want out.”
  • For churches, far too often “God told us” becomes a convenient cover for “we don’t want to change.”

The five problems we discuss are:

  1. Members lose trust in the pastors, and pastors lose trust in churches.
  2. Your current church will wonder if it will happen to them.
  3. The staff is demoralized.
  4. The vision of the church is clouded.
  5. Financial waste.

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