Pastors Who Stay
Longevity. Stayability. A lifetime pastorate. These terms are becoming a rare description of pastoral ministry in today's culture. But how does all this transition and "pulpit-hopping" impact the church, ministry and family of the pastor?
Join Pastor to Pastor host H.B. London Jr. and a variety of pastors and researchers as they examine the characteristics of pastors who stay in one pastorate. John Ed Mathison describes the effects of a long-term pastorate on family, congregation and community. Gerald Kahre defines a balanced pastorate to include ministry outside the four walls of the church. J. Whitcomb Brougher Jr. delights in active ministry after more than seven decades at the same church. Researcher and professor Gary McIntosh shares why church growth and the well-being of the congregation are tied to pastoral longevity. Rural pastor Duane Lauber gives the unique perspective of pastoring a small congregation over many years. Author Craig Brian Larson tells why pastoral grit is essential to any long-term ministry effort. And after 30 years of ministry, John Stevens describes the importance of intentionally passing the baton to the next generation.