That photo is meant to serve as a point of identification for small church pastors. It’s a pictorial representation of a shift in thinking I had to make a few years ago. A shift towards greater health and effectiveness in ministry. A shift that can’t happen until we admit the truth.
Let’s tell the truth about our church. About our calling. About our spiritual gifting. About our identity.
If you answered “yes” to both questions in the quiz, stop right now and read the next sentence out loud. I mean it. This matters.
“Hi, I’m (insert your name here) and I’m a small church pastor.”
Doesn’t that feel good?
Seriously. There’s something about stating the truth that helps us know the truth. And there’s something about knowing the truth that…what was that saying again?…I remember it was written in red letters…
“You will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” (John 8:32)
Here’s the truth. Accept it and it will free you.
You’re a small church pastor.
Now go and be an amazing one.
Copyright © 2015 by the author or Christianity Today/Leadership Journal.
Click here to read our guidelines concerning reprint permissions.