Without a shepherd

Declan Flanagan  |  Features
Date posted:  1 Jun 2008
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Many churches would like to have a pastor, minister or Christian worker, but this is not always possible. Factors might include a shortage of finance or accommodation issues or a lack of suitable people.

While it may not be appropriate to stop seeking a pastor, you should also consider alternatives and the following suggestions may help.

1 Review your expectations

Are you being unrealistic in your desire for a pastor? Do you really have the resources to adequately support one? Some churches expect to find the perfect pastor and have developed a list of expectations that will never be realised. Would you ever consider a leader like Paul who tells the Corinthian church that he would rather boast in his weaknesses (2 Corinthians 12.9)?

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