I see more and more young pastors take their first church, approach years 2-3, and begin to question whether they should be where they are. The pressures, criticisms, and discouragements overwhelm them and they forget the reason they felt called to go to that church in the first place. How does a pastor persist in a difficult church situation when it is easy to forget why they are there? Allow the legendary Scottish pastor, William Still, who pastored the same congregation for over 50 years, be our credible counselor on this matter:
This charge is not a mere stepping-stone to a better appointment. God has caused you to become pastor to some souls here who are as valuable to Him as any in the world. Your quiet persistence will be a sign that you believe God has a purpose of grace for this people, and that this purpose of grace will be promoted, not by gimicks, or stunts, or new ideas, but by the Word of God released in preaching by prayer.
If you are a pastor struggling in your church, guard yourself from concluding your difficulties are a sign you are in the wrong place. Hear the wisdom of William Still who modeled that quiet persistence for over 50 years and remember the reason you originally went to the place you find yourself. Dear brother and fellow pastor, press on. Preach and pray. God’s purpose for you in sending you to that church has not changed now that you face some adversity.