What are 5 lessons I learned preaching for years in a dying church?

Those who know me, know I advocate for a pastor to stay a minimum of 5 years.  There are many reasons for this, but one of the most important is that it is hard to build trust with a church in much less than 5 years.  There were 3 different efforts to get me fired in the first 5 years at my church.  Although I survived all those battles, I found myself discouraged and exhausted at the end of them.  I almost left.  But I stayed.  Why I stayed is another blog post for another day.  But because I stayed, I learned some valuable lessons I would not have learned had I left at 5 years.

Some of those lessons revolve around what I learned about preaching in a hostile context in the early years.  Here are 5 of them:

  • God’s word is really powerful enough to bring life to a church.
  • Listen to the older members when they don’t like your preaching.
  • The Word of God never returns void…even through scowls.
  • Every pastor needs a supportive, but unimpressed evaluation of our preaching.
  • Few things bring joy like a congregation that grows hungry for God’s word.

In the next few weeks, I will post explanations of each of these 5 lessons I learned.  Stay tuned…

Posted in Preaching, Training for Ministry
One comment on “What are 5 lessons I learned preaching for years in a dying church?
  1. G carl moore says:


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