In March on this year, my wife and I celebrated one year at Springfield Baptist. A remarkable year indeed. We have had so much to celebrate and even more to learn from. This short post is simply learning from what I’ve seen in this past year.
1. Patience. For me this one is something that I should have known coming into an older church. SBC has been around for over 100 years and change doesn’t come easy. My personality is not a big fan of slow and steady, but I’m learning that revitalization is going to take time, patience is the game.
2. Celebrate. Celebrating the small wins and the big wins. Learning that God is doing something every week. As pastor I have to look at the small victories that God has given us.
3. Victories look different. This one has been huge for me. Understanding that what I feel like is a victory may not be what God is doing. I have to learn to look at what God is doing and celebrate those victories.
So if you are a pastor in a small church looking to revitalize, take your time, be patient. I’m not saying this as someone who is on the other side of it, I’m still in the thick, and from what I know, it’s going to get harder. Also, I don’t have all of this figured out either. I’m learning that God is in control, that I need to trust in Him.