On Saturday, I had a delightful visit with Ron and Carol McClung. Ron is the District Superintendent of the Iowa-Minnesota District of the Wesleyan Church. He's on a sabbatical, and wanted to talk with me about the growth of Hayward Wesleyan Church, and our recent church planting efforts.
I turned the tables just a little and asked him a question:
From your travels and observations of many churches -- what piece of advice you would give to the small town and rural pastors who read my blog?
Ron replied: Relationships!! Relationships!! It's about relationships!!
Pastor, you can preach fantastic sermons, make brilliant strategic plans, and work your fingers to the bone, but if you don't love your people, it won't mean a thing!