Tonight, my family spends its last night in Ohio. Tomorrow morning, we load up our moving truck and head to our new ministry in a small town outside of Kalamazoo, Michigan. Rachel and I are very excited about what lies ahead and we are anxious to get to know our new church family.
As I have begun to think through the details of stepping into a new church ministry as a senior pastor, I realize that there are many expectations concerning what a pastor needs to do in his first days. Some of the expectations come from others, some come from the pastor himself. Some of the expectations are legitimate, others are not.
Even the best books on ministry disagree with each other on what a pastor should do in his first days. Some say that a pastor should do little or nothing in the area of making changes in the first year of ministry. Others say that the best time to make changes are in the first days when people are expecting change (because of a change in leadership) and when the pastor is still in the “honeymoon” stage.
What are your thoughts? Have you ever gone through a pastoral change in your church? What would/did you expect from your new pastor? Have you had any positive or negative experiences that you could share?