This is part of a larger series: Truth for Rookie Pastors.
You have seen the negative of the local church, or at least heard about it and you have decided to be the one to change it.
You are going to fix it or at least stay removed from the fray of the system that is the local church.
I’m not being a cynic, I am being a realist.
When I hear individuals, that are usually young, talk only in terms of the glowing possibilities my heart breaks for them because I am not sure if they are going to survive when they are confronted by the system.
Passing comments about what you didn’t say.
Unrealistic expectations will be imposed.
Grace will not be given.
Structure designed to help will get in the way.
You will be disappointed.
The local church is a flawed system. There will be times where you play politics not because you want to but because you have to. Battles won’t be fought out of the need to keep something more important going, not because you decided to compromise who you are. It is a system with flaws, but a system with great potential.
As a Rookie Pastor you will be spending more time on non-ministry pursuits than you had hoped.
The truth is that the local church is a system, but the truth is also that you don’t have to serve the system. The structure of the local church is a tool to accomplish the greater mission before us.
Never forget that there is a big difference between the Church and the church.