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July 24, 2019

Becoming the Pastor of a Well-Established Church

By New Churches Team

Stepping Into a New Role

When you’re put in a position of endless unknowns and you don’t feel like you’re capable of fulfilling the role on your own, you’re forced to rely on God every moment of every day. This is a beautiful, albeit, uncomfortable position, but there is so much growth that can come from it. Focus on what faithfulness to your calling looks like and how you can grow in your position.

The hardest part of stepping into a role of a previously loved pastor is the aspect of preaching. It’s easy to allow the shadow of the former pastor to loom over you in every situation and interaction. Whether it’s the actual expectations of the congregation or if it’s all in your own head, it’s hard not to let doubts and fears pull you away from your purpose and distract you from your mission. 

If every time you prepare a message or get on stage, you ask yourself, “How would the previous pastor have done this?” then you will find yourself more frustrated and let down than ever. Rather than dwelling on comparison, start asking yourself, “How is God calling me to lead and preach?”

Fighting Insecurities

The only way to truly fight insecurities and constant thoughts of comparison is to really dig into the gospel and to make sure that is the ultimate source of your identity and self-worth. Insecurities can burrow their way into your life when your eyes are too focused on yourself. Start actively looking outward toward Christ rather than dwelling on yourself. 

Draw on what it means to be justified by faith daily and remind yourself of who God says you are. When you know who you are in Christ, you can identify what your insecurities are saying you “have to be” and realize that you don’t need to be those things at all. You are fully known and fully loved by a God who is much greater than your doubts and fears. 

Stepping Up in Leadership

Recognize that your congregation is there to learn and grow, but they’re also there to follow your leadership. People who stay at a church after the previous pastor has left have stayed for a reason. They’re part of that specific body which is now under your leadership. 

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