Here is just one of the dozens of articles featured this week in Ministry Briefing:
An article at Inc. said that you should plan on switching jobs every three years for the rest of your life and that the stigma of ‘job hopper’ is dying. We have been taught that too many jobs too quickly can make people seem less stable than those who have stayed in one position longer. The article goes on to address:
I think probably some of you still look askance at a resume that has many jobs. You look through the jobs to see if they are progressively better or just a listing of jobs the person could not hold. So in that sense there is still some stigma to “too many” jobs.
How does this relate to the ministry?
- Thom Rainer: “Longer tenure is needed for church health”
- The largest number of pastors leave during the third year. (Lifeway’s research shows the average tenure is 3.6 years)
- Honeymoon is over (either from the pastor or church’s perspective)
- Different expectations
- Challenges because of new people and turnover creates tension
- The ‘quaint and charming’ become ‘irritating and frustrating’
- Charles Arn: Three-fourths of growing churches are led by pastors who have been their more than 4 years. Two-thirds of declining churches are being led by pastors who have been there less than 4 years. Their conclusion: Long-term pastorates do not guarantee that a church will grow. But short-term pastorates essentially guarantee that a church will not grow.
Why this is important: many pastors leave far too early to reap any real long-term events for the Kingdom.
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