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It may be the most important, least understood, and most challenging strategy of all:

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The strategies for staying together that I believe have helped the people in the church I serve to continue together in ministry with the same person in leadership for so long, are not so much “strategies” as they are attitudes.

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All of the strategies for staying together in ministry are pretty simple; none of them is easy.

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Estimates vary, but generally the average length that one person stays as the primary pastor in a single congregation is said to be between 3.6 and 7 years. Three decades is a bit unusual…. ok a lot unusual.

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Thirty years is a long time to do anything. But to stay in the same church community in ministry for three decades is a miracle.

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Many are called
but few are chosen.

(Matthew 22:14)

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There are times when leaving is the right thing to do.

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Spiritual Institutions (SIs) have a problem.

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Any legitimate church work, must begin with those who are doing the work being deeply honest about their motivations and the place their ego may play in the work they do.

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In 1977 Bob Sabath and six other young seminary students each contributed $100 each to cover the cost of printing the first 20,000 copies Post-American.

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