Pastors & the Professional Ladder

"As a general rule, I think pastors should stay where they are and tend the flock long-term. Mark Dever has observed that a fruitful pastor must 'preach and pray, love and stay.' If we are doing our jobs well, then our sermons, our prayers, and our love will be exponentially more effective the longer we stay in one place. As one old man at Capitol Hill Baptist Church always used to say, 'Young men tend to overestimate what they can accomplish in the short term and underestimate what they can accomplish in the long term.'

Many pastors appear to use their church to move up the professional ladder, going from small to medium to large churches that pay them well in money and prestige. Our goal as pastors should be instead to plant ourselves in the lives of our people, to put down deep roots in the community, and to grow in the pot in which we're planted. If you are finding it difficult to be faithful, joyful, and fruitful in your current context, it's doubtful that a change of scenery will cure that."


Mike McKinley, Church Planting is for Wimps, 106.