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Pastoral Longevity And Church Growth


(excerpt from wesleyconnectonline)

Several years ago a study by the largest Protestant denomination in the country found a startling relationship between the length of time pastors had been in their churches, and the growth or decline of those churches. Their finding? Approximately 3/4 of their growing churches were being led by pastors who had been in their church more than four years, while 2/3 of their declining churches were being led by pastors who had been in their church less than four years. Their conclusion (with which I agree): Long-term pastorates do not guarantee that a church will grow. But short-term pastorates essentially guarantee that a church will not grow.

So, why do pastors leave their churches? Here are the results of one study where pastors were asked that question …


There is an undeniable relationship between pastoral tenure and church growth. While most growing churches have long-term pastorates, and some non-growing churches have long-term pastorates, it is almost unheard of to find a growing church with many short-term pastorates. Frequent change of pastors seems to negate all the other complicated ingredients that go into a church’s growth mix.

(ht: Charles Arn)

2 comments:

http://www.daghewardmills.org/shop/search.php?search_query=church+growth&x=40&y=13

There's a book titled "Those who leave you" by Dag Heward-Mills. This book does a fantastic job at answering the posed question in the post. For a detailed answer look get yourself a copy :)

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