Podcast Episode #117
In may seem confusing, but most pastors leave their church in the third year and the average length of a pastorate is 3.6 years. Today we explain the math behind that and the reasons for it. I also answer the question “should the expectation of church growth be placed on a new pastor?”
Some highlights from today’s episode include:
- Pastors most often leave a church while in their third year.
- When seeking a pastor, most churches say they want to change—but often really don’t want to.
- Sometimes, the most vocal supporters of a pastor in the beginning turn out to be the most challenging members later.
- It usually takes around five years for a church to see a new pastor as “our pastor.”
- When you are in the throes of a crisis, it feels as if the crisis will last forever.
- New pastors should not be expected to grow the church but instead be expected to fulfill the Great Commission.
The seven topics we cover in this podcast are:
- The average pastor lasts at each church for 3.6 years
- From honeymoon to warts – The first five years
- Dreams are not fulfilled – Both for the church and the pastor
- Green grass syndrome
- When the true friends (or not) show themselves
- The “golden” years: 5+
- A need for clear expectations
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