Chuck Lawless: 7 Churches That Are Often Tough to Pastor

Over the years, I’ve worked with a lot of pastors in difficult churches to lead. They’re not impossible—because nothing’s impossible for God (Matt. 19:26)—but they’re still tough to pastor:

7 Churches That Are Often Tough to Pastor

  1. A church led by an entrenched family. They’re on every committee. Their philosophy is simple: “This is our church. We were here before you got here, and we’ll be here when you’re gone.”
  2. A church most recently pastored by a long-term beloved pastorIt’s just hard to walk in the footsteps of a hero. In many cases, the pastor following a hero becomes a de facto interim pastor.
  3. A church unwilling to change as its community changes around them. They ignore their immediate mission field—sometimes even fearing it. Their building becomes a place to retreat from the change rather than a place of renewal to reach the changing world around them.
  4. A church that has been reduced to only a few remaining senior adults. They’re usually loving, godly, sacrificial church members who deeply love their church. It’s tough, though, to bring in needed young families when the church lacks any in the first place.

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Source: Church Leaders