Five Considerations When You Follow a Long-Term Pastor

11.22.2019 - By Rainer on Leadership

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Are you following a long-term pastor? Did a long-tenured pastor return to your church as a member? Thom and Sam discuss five considerations when following a long-tenured pastor. This is a great episode about leading well and honoring those who have come before you.

Honor your predecessor. No disparaging comments.
For a season, let your predecessor know about major changes.
Consider taking your predecessor up on any offer to stay away for a while.
If appropriate, ask your predecessor to preach on occasion.
Be respectful of any family members of your predecessor in the church.

Other highlights:

Starting with negativity is a self-fulfilling prophecy, especially in the church.
The longer the tenure of a pastor the more ingrained in the community they become. 
The best way to get support from a predecessor is to keep in regular communication. 
The good leaders will step away from a ministry if only for a season, to allow the new leader to establish themselves.

Resources:

* SEBTS MA Church Revitalization
* Effective Rural Church Coaching

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