In my second pastorate, I stayed at the church for just over eleven years. At the time, more than a decade at one church was almost unheard of. I’ve paid attention since then to pastors who stay at their church for at least ten years, and here are some traits I’ve seen in these pastors:
- They cannot deny their calling to that church. In some cases, the calling was so dramatic that the pastors could not ignore it. In other cases, the calling itself was not so dramatic – but the pastors know in their hearts that they are where God wants them to be.
- They learn not to get focused on the loud, but few, voices. Veteran pastors have learned that the opposition may be louder than it is widespread. Loud voices often die down when they learn they have little support.
- They build a strong team around them. A great staff and strong, supportive lay leaders are usually enough to keep pastors focused even when difficulties develop.
- They leave work at the church as much as possible. Ministry is not an 8-5 job, of course, but these pastors have learned how to let their burdens go as much as possible when they come home.
- They make sure they’re serving through their giftedness. That is, they do whatever they most love to do in ministry while not neglecting tasks that don’t bring them as much joy.
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Yesterday, Mark Zuckerberg published a note on Facebook called “Building Global Community.” The note is over 5000 words long and is a window into Zuck’s thoughts on the future of Facebook and the implications of an ever-increasingly interconnected world.
To say Facebook has had a rough year would be putting it lightly. They haven’t had a rough year financially by any means, but they’ve had a rough year as far as public relations is concerned. The company has had multiple issues with video statistics, the debacle about the curation about its “trending” feed, and the discussion about whether or not it should allow fake news to exist (and be promoted) on the platform.
Over the course of the last 24 hours, I have somehow found time to read through all 5000+ words of Zuck’s article. Here are my five key takeaways, with quotes from Zuckerberg under each one:
1. Facebook wants to look like Saddleback Church.
This takeaway didn’t come from the Zuckerberg letter, actually; it came from an interview WIRED had this week with Zuck.
Cade Metz, the author of the WIRED article writes:
In our conversation, he says his model for an online community might look something like Saddleback, the evangelical Southern California megachurch led by pastor Rick Warren. It’s a surprising example from a man who seems steeped in the liberal pluralism of Silicon Valley. But the key for Zuckerberg is that Warren built a community in which tens of thousands of people gather under a capable leader’s guidance, but also divide themselves into smaller groups by interest, affinity, and aspirations.
Zuckerberg has been meeting with faith leaders, I’m sure for multiple reasons, but I wouldn’t be surprised if it is partially to learn how people of faith do community.
Sorta makes me wonder if Facebook is going to start operating with a baseball diamond diagram.
I don’t write this post as a technological wizard (because I’m not one . . .), but as a guy who looks at websites simply to learn about churches. In that context, here are some types of BRIEF videos I’ve seen that added much to the site, in my opinion:
- A gospel presentation. Obviously, a written presentation of the gospel is important, too, so I’m suggesting an addition rather than a replacement. A video presentation not only might be attractive to non-readers, but it also shows believers how to share the gospel.
- An invitation from the pastor. A written note is fine, but there’s something good about hearing the pastor’s voice and heart. Passion can come through readily in a video that complements a written invitation.
- Personal testimonies. Stories of grace are powerful, unless those stories remain untold. Via video, church members have incredible opportunities to influence the world through their testimonies.
- Family testimonies. Particularly in a world of fractured homes, families need to see homes that are healthy and God-centered. They need to hear from parents and kids who are enjoying their faith and their church.
- A building tour (or at least an introduction to the building entrance). Helping a potential guest see where to locate guest parking, where to enter the building, and where to find the welcome center can alleviate some of the stress of visiting a new church.
- Ministry reports. It’s good for the community to see kids learning about missions, teens studying the Bible, adults doing outreach, and church planters growing congregations. Even some church members, in fact, might not otherwise see some of these activities.