A true sense of family in the church takes a long time to truly establish. But it’s worth it.
7. You get to outlive your critics – literally
There were some folks who really didn’t like the way I pastored when we showed up. And there have been a lot of folks come and go through the years with similar complaints.
Some of them were right, and I learned from them. Sometimes I was right and they either adapted or moved on.
After a few decades here, we still have the occasional disagreement. But now it’s almost always over with a conversation or two.
The chronic critics are gone. Either because they’ve moved on, or because we’ve become friends.
8. It gives you a perspective on what really matters
Remember when you were the new pastor and you had to go through three contentious board meetings and a congregational vote to replace the ugly carpet? Well, that carpet has been replaced twice since then without a ripple of concern.
Serving for decades in the same church changes your perspective on how much time and energy to give to petty disagreements like that.
Longevity builds trust, which gives people a better perspective on what does and doesn’t really matter.
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