Welcome to Part 3. Rebuilding or revitalizing a church is not easy, and I believe that it takes a special call from God and a special anointing to accomplish it. I have found that there are certain realities you need to face if God has called you to this daunting task. You are God’s person for the Job! He called you and equipped you, so trust Him. Here are some things that I have learned over the past three years as I have walked through this process of rebuilding and revitalizing a church.
3. NOT EVERYONE IS GOING TO LIKE YOU, AND THAT’S OK!
I took over for the founding pastor who had faithfully served our church for 41 years. Talk about a daunting task. The people had never experienced another type of leader other than him. If you are in the same situation or one like it where the pastor you are following was there for many years, you must understand that not everyone is going to like you, and the transition is going to take time. However, you can’t take it personally. The relationship between a pastor and the people is a deep one. The people who have a hard time accepting you would more than likely feel the same way about anyone stepping into the role as Lead Pastor.[bctt tweet=”The relationship between a pastor and the people is a deep one.” username=”twincitybaptist”]
You can’t let that deter you from doing what God has called you to do. My philosophy has always been, “Honor up, honor down, honor all around.” You need to honor the work that was done in the past while you embrace the future and what God is going to do in the future. If people can’t support that and have a difficult time moving forward, it is not on you. Show them that you genuinely love and care about them, and that you want them and the church to succeed. Stay faithful to the call and carry on, even if people decide to not support you.