Lessons Learned While Pastoring WBC
Last Sunday was my last as pastor of Wynne Baptist Church. I can honestly say that I have absolutely LOVED serving as pastor here. Though I am both thrilled and excited to move to FBC El Dorado, AR next week, I will miss WBC terribly and always give thanks to the Lord for them.
Sunday night I offered to those in attendance lessons learned. When first composed, the lessons numbered 30. I then reduced/combined them to 20. Finally, I cut the number down to 17.
You can listen or watch the ‘message’ here.
The 17 lessons are:
1. Ministry is about people.
2. A title don’t mean squat.
3. Pastorin’ ain’t just preachin’.
4. Counsel is crucial.
5. Tiny acts are HUGE.
6. Missions can involve the majority.
7. There ain’t NOTHING like Sunday night church at Wynne Baptist.
8. One size does NOT fit all (every church has a culture).
9. Parenting matters.
10. Staff matters.
11. Membership matters.
12. Pastor led and pastor loved churches are rare.
13. Everyone has issues.
14. It’s possible to love programs more than Jesus.
15. The spirit of the pastor’s wife can make or break the entire ministry.
16. Be yourself.
17. Unconditional love is real.
The picture at the top of this post was taken at the close of the service Sunday night. At the direction of Tim McNatt and the pastor search committee that brought me to Wynne 7 years ago, the congregation gathered around the Pearson family, laid hands on us, and commissioned us to go.
Thank you, Wynne Baptist. We love you.