In a conversation with and old friend, discussing the challenges of solo pastorate churches… Years ago, before the advent of the mega-church or the corporate church, I seem to remember seminarians being placed in small pastorates, Solo pastorate churches in established communities. I was newly saved or not saved yet, so did not understand the dynamics of ministry and expectation.
Perhaps expectations were lower then. Perhaps the propensity of member or attenders to spectate, rather than participate were lower. Perhaps we had more common cultural norms and value systems. I don’t know but I think the challenges of the solo pastorate church were less then.
When I reflect on it now, the challenges of a small urban or suburban congregation are many, and as a much older person, I struggle to imagine a recent seminary graduate having the capacity to lead in this situation without burning himself out.
Here are things that have changed over the last 30-40 years that have made this more (rather than less) challenging: Continue reading “Solo Pastorates Are More Challenging Than Ever”