It pains me to write this, but perhaps the book’s greatest flaw is its use of the Bible.
Despite our building woes, the Holy Spirit had been at work converting people through that gospel ministry. We hadn’t built it, yet they had come.
Perhaps seminaries should offer a class in the exegesis of Aesop. Too often, pastors come to a new congregation and shoot off at a hare’s pace to turn the church around.
The last thing any senior pastor needs is an associate playing Absalom at the gate with disgruntled members.
It’s important to ask your own staff, “How can I serve you better as your senior pastor?”
The most vital thing we can do to help the parachurch is to foster healthy, biblical churches.
I’m arguing that instead of asking, “Why stay long-term?” we should be asking, “Why leave?”