I eventually came to accept the surreal fact that my church could be bankrupt in 4 years.
What is the one thing the first-time pastor should know?
For one thing, don't be weird.
When a minister assumes his first pastorate, it can be an exciting time for everyone. There is so much hope and anticipation. But there is also so much that is mysterious and fraught with difficulty. The following are some bits of advice from some lessons I've learned over the years, some of them the hard way.
Many times, those who lead ministries in small or rural churches let slide things like effective staff leadership, thinking such a practice is only the mandate for larger churches or churches in busier contexts. But if the small, rural church pastors neglect tending to their support leaders — whether vocational or volunteer — they can stifle the growth of their ministry