Pastoral Free Agency

You don’t need to be a fan of professional basketball to have heard talk this week about free agents. Lebron James, Dwayne Wade, Chris Bosh, among others, are all contemplating changing teams in a quest for championship rings (and dollars).

Building short-term dream teams to win championships may be an effective strategy for winning championships in the NBA, but churches rarely become more effective when pastors keep changing, moving in and out like free agents of the church.

The truth is pastoral longevity is one of the untold secrets of church health. My experience is this –

A long pastorate does not guarantee a church will grow, but changing pastors every few years guarantees a church won’t grow.


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