By Travis Smalley, Lead Pastor, Lakota Hills Baptist Church & NAMB Send City Missionary for Cincinnati, OH
I was being interviewed for a pastoral position in a small rural church in eastern Ohio. The first question took me off guard: Why would you come to a place like this? These wonderful people did not think they had much to offer me or the community. I handled the question with the obvious spiritual answer, “I go where God calls me to go.” And, in fact, God did call our family to serve there for a number of years.
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By Aaron Jozwiak, Pastor of Red Village Church in Madison, WI
A few years back I was helping assess some potential church planters. In the assessment, we were asking some typical questions to one of the candidates about his vision, expectations, and how many people he thought would be attending the church after 5 years. After pressing this candidate with these questions—in particular the question on the size he thought the church would be—the candidate flipped the assessment on us. Matter-of-factly, he let us know that his main concern was not how many people might come to the church, but rather, how many were being sent out.
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