30 Lessons I Learned Leading a Small Church

30 Lessons I Learned Leading a Small Church

From the time I was in college until shortly after being married I was a leader in a church with an average weekly attendance of just under 100 people. It was one of the greatest experiences of my life and laid the foundation for how I would lead people moving forward.

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Now as promised, the following are  30 Things I Learned Leading in a Small Church:

1. I learned to love pastors and how to serve them.

2. I learned about church leadership from riding with my pastor on Monday and Tuesday night visitation.

3. I learned how to teach the Bible.

4. I was able to work on my craft at a slow pace because my small church was forgiving of my mistakes.

5. I learned how to pray.

6. Thanks to Continuing Witness Training I learned how to share my faith.

7. I learned rigorous work was required to reach my full potential.

8. I learned about John Maxwell.

9. I learned about Bill Hybels.

10. I learned the importance of visiting people in hospitals.

11. I learned that to be an effective youth pastor you must also pastor the parents.

12. I learned how to organize youth services, activities and retreats.

13. I learned how to experience love because we were like a family.

14. I learned how to deal with gossip because we were like a family.

15. I learned competition is sickening to God.

16. I learned how hot the bright lights of the stage can be.

17. I learned passion and naivety can be greatly used by God, but passion and naivety would eventually not be enough. I had to get better by improving my skills.

18. I learned how hard decisions are made.

19. I learned how to build lifelong friendships.

20. I learned I could not sing. Though I will be a worship leader in Heaven when I have my glorified body.

21. I learned the value of a visitor.

22. I learned it is almost impossible to grow without quality leadership.

23. I learned you can’t do all the work. You must build a team.

24. I learned loving people can overcome a lack of financial resources.

25. I learned generosity through the people who loved and served me as a youth pastor.

26. I learned my small tithe makes a big difference.

27. I learned bi-vocational ministry can destroy your soul if you are not careful.

28. I learned small church pastors are grossly underpaid.

29. I learned God honors faithfulness.

30. I learned there are many Mega pastors in small church environments. Their church just has not caught up with them yet.

Bonus: I also learned you can find a great wife in a small church!