I have been the Senior Pastor at Christ Church in Fairview Heights, Illinois since July 1, 1997. In this time we have grown from just over 200 per weekend to well over 1,700. We are constantly engaged in the economy of change and have found that change brings with it both growth and discontinuity. The secret to a long tenure (in anything) is not the avoidance of problems (that is impossible in a fallen world); it is to deal with difficult challenges in healthy ways. Tragically by historically moving pastors every three or four years, United Methodism has de facto built a culture where both churches and pastors have lost the relational skills to “stay at the table” when times get tough. It is not serving us well.
Here are eight practical ways we deal with push-back that have kept ChristChurch healthy and growing:
1. Get to the Bottom of…
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