As Rookie Pastor is about to turn 4 I’m taking some time to reflect on some of the on-the-job lessons I’ve learned along the way. You can follow the entire series here.
Its a story I’ve told several times before, or at least pieces of the story.
But the basics are that I stepped on a proverbial land mine a few weeks into my first ministry and immediately made a lot of people very upset. I hid in my office for a few days after.
However usually you don’t have the option of hiding. Usually when things blow up the pastor is the first responder and the one everyone is looking to for leadership. And something I learned the hard way is that it may not matter at all what you say in that moment. If you let on how freaked out you are, if you lose your composure either everyone else will freak out or someone else will fill the void you just created.
Don’t get frazzled.
Or at least don’t let it show.
Become mindful of how you act in pressure situations or when things get tense.
It could save you some big headaches down the road.