I was talking with the son of a pastor last night, and he mentioned that one of the biggest things that can kill a small church is when two or more families in the church really don't like each other, and quietly sabotage each other's service in the church. It strikes me that one of the key things for a new pastor to do, then, is to figure out who they are, and bring them to peace with one another.
Come to think of it, it strikes me that this also happens in bigger churches. It's like the pastor is supposed to...shepherd the flock, or something like that.
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