Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Small Church Ministry: A Sprint or a Marathon

Two races seem to capture the attention of even the most casual observers of track and field — the mile and the 100-meter dash. Throughout the development of these races, the public has watched in fascination to see if someone would break the 4-minute mile, and to learn who would win the 100-meter dash and be crowned the world’s fastest runner. The manner in which these races are run is vastly different. One race requires blazing speed, the other tenacious discipline.

Pastors must decide how they will do ministry. Will they run in ministry like sprinters or as long-distance runners? A sprinter in ministry is one who blazes into town, brings new and fresh ideas, and challenges people to move forward in their relationship with God, but soon burns out from discouragement. Tragically, the small church is often plagued with pastors who stay 1 or 2 years. If the small church is to be healthy and make an impact, it needs pastors who are committed to run the race with endurance, who at the end of their ministry in the church can affirm with Paul that they have finished the race (2 Timothy 4:7). Keep reading

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