I don’t reblog very often, but every once in a while a true nugget of gold comes along that I simply have to share. I found this post to be particularly apt to my situation since I am starting in my first call in a couple of weeks. I believe that the churches that I am being called to serve are very open-minded and ready to embrace change, but this post reminds me that change does not come very easily to any of us, and we have to be gentle with each other as we try to figure out together what it means to be church in the 21st century.
I’m going to go ahead and answer that question right now: No, she will not.
No amount of pastoral eloquence, organization, insightfulness, amicability, or charisma will take your congregation back to back to its glory days.
What then can your pastor do? She can make your board meetings longer with prayer and Bible study. She can mess with your sense of familiarity by changing the order of worship and the arrangement of the sanctuary. She can play those strange new songs and forget about your favorite old hymns. She can keep on playing those crusty old hymns instead of that hot new contemporary praise music. She can bug you incessantly about more frequent celebration of Communion. She can ignore your phone…
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