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Small Church Pastors Have A Different Skill Set, Not A Lesser One
When we judge ministry success by only one characteristic (numerical growth) we miss what other pastors can teach us.

Great Climbers Aren’t Necessarily Good Swimmers

Of course they can’t climb that tree! They’re fish!

Why are we expecting fish (small church pastors) to climb trees (grow big churches)?

Why are we expecting fish (small church pastors) to climb trees (grow big churches)?

On the other hand, why do we expect tree-climbers (big church pastors) to be able to teach us about swimming (relational ministry and soul care)?

Some of them may be great at both. After all, there are people who can climb trees and swim. But being a great tree-climber doesn’t guarantee they’re great swimmers. Or vice versa.

Everyone has something to offer. But as long as we’re judging ministry success by only one characteristic (numerical congregational growth) we’ll never see the skills, character traits and wisdom that other pastors can teach us.

And that means we’re missing a lot.

Learn To Swim From Swimmers

As pastors and church leaders, we can’t just take tree-climbing lessons. It’s important to broaden our educational range.

Take some swimming-in-the-small-church classes.

Learn the subtle skills of how to visit the sick, mentor new believers, tend to your own soul, and hang out with regular folks before and after church.

The majority of pastoral ministry is done in small ways. Most of us need to master small church swimming skills, not megachurch tree-climbing skills.

Both matter.

But it’s okay to leave the tree-climbing to others.

Fish gotta swim.

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June 07, 2019 at 6:20 AM

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