I was young, full of energy and impatient, and I was starting a church. A leader I respect sensed my frustration and after listening to me moan about how things weren’t going according to schedule, he said words I will never forget: “We always overestimate what we can do in the short-term, and underestimate what we can do in the long-term.”
Those words speak volumes to me about the power of longevity.
I am now just a few weeks into my new call as a pastor in Santa Rosa. And I am increasingly convinced that to do what God is calling the church to be and become will take years because it involves shifting from a program-based culture to a disciple-making culture where people gather in communities that practice fellowship, discipleship and mission.
There’s a lot more I’ll say about this shift in future post. But for now, I’d just like to open the door for conversation.
Even if it takes patience, focus and time, do you think we need to find ways of being the church beyond Sunday?
Let the conversation begin….