I got a call last week from a church that’s looking for a preacher, again. They wanted to know if I was interested in moving there this time or if I knew anyone “good” (their word not mine) that might be looking. Interestingly enough, they called me two years ago, and two years before that. Out of curiosity, I asked them how many preachers they’d had in the past 15 years. He said, “Nine.” Red flags went up in my head. I didn’t ask, but here are a few questions I’d be interested in knowing.
- Why can’t this church keep a preacher?
- Is it possible that they’ve just been unlucky and hired 9 preachers that didn’t fit in?
My guess is that there’s a leadership problem that’s causing the ministers to want to leave only a short time into their ministry. I thankfully declined and mentioned that I didn’t know anyone looking right now. If I just had a couple of “preacher enemies” I might have recommended them (ha). I’m guessing that I’ll hear back from them in a couple of years.
- How long has your minister been on staff at your church?
- Do you think longevity makes a difference in ministry?