8. I learned that…It’s easy to feel guilty.
Sounds strange, but sometimes, as a pastor, you can feel guilt around your church starting another worship service.
Has my energy and time been taken away from those in the founding service? Has another service displaced or upset those who have been at the church a long time? Has the change in the shape of my week (very little home visiting now, a lot of coaching leaders, Sunday prep), been accepted by everyone at the church?
The change in schedule and time is a big one.
Adding another service is more than another 60 minutes a week! It’s wonderful, and it’s everything that goes with having the founding service: pastoral connections, leadership development, crisis visiting, links and planning between both services. In that sense it’s almost a church within a church for the pastor, I’ve found.
And I’ve learned that not being sure that everyone is OK with that and understands it, causes me some dis-ease, like I’ve let some people down.
Gladly, we have a God that we can all trust from the bottom of our hearts!