I identify with much of both the benefits and negatives of a long term pastorate, having been at my current church fourteen years! found this on the 9 Marks blog.
Editor’s note: From 1973 until 1978, Ron Pracht served Olivet Baptist Church of Wichita, Kansas in various roles: as the minister of music, as the minister of students, and sometimes as the minister of both music and students. In 1978, the church recognized him as an associate pastor. And then, from 1989 until 2015, he served as Olivet’s senior pastor.
Finally, in 2015, he helped the church find his replacement, at which point he transitioned yet again into an associate, yet part-time role.
Given such a lengthy tenure in one church—all told, over 45 years—we asked him to reflect on the pros and cons of a long-term pastorate.
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Benefits of a Long-Term Pastorate
Disadvantages of a Long-Term Pastorate