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Old 04-28-2011, 09:23 AM
 
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Just curious what people's thoughts were. What would you do if the pastor of your church left and went to the other one in town? This is in a town of about 500 people.
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Old 04-30-2011, 01:24 PM
 
Location: We_tside PNW (Columbia Gorge) / CO / SA TX / Thailand
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well...
1) find another pastor?
2) find another church?
3) sell the church, rent the manse / parsonage, & do 'church at home' with the group that desires such.

Actually I was very impressed in examining some small towns that have chosen to "share" the same pastor between 2 churches. One parsonage is rented out to cover the costs / utilities of the one the pastor uses. The pastor has one business card with a different church / job on each side

Early service (8am) in one venue, late (11am) at other (rotate every 5 months so the 'farming seasons' roll between the two churches)

Joint Sunday school is between services at one of the two churches, Joint potlucks on 5th Sundays.
The majority of the folks and pastors really like it. Folks get along better in town and in caring for each other, you can catch an early or a late service, sharing joint resources helps spread the costs and responsibilities, Has been a 'win' for the community. (YMMV) Makes sense to me for many cases of rural needs and benefit. Of course it takes the right pastor, denominational authority, community, and it is a 'growing-process' for all.

The pastor was giving similar messages at each venue, with slight modifications to address theological stance of each denomination.
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Old 05-02-2011, 03:14 PM
 
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well...
1) find another pastor?
2) find another church?
3) sell the church, rent the manse / parsonage, & do 'church at home' with the group that desires such.

Actually I was very impressed in examining some small towns that have chosen to "share" the same pastor between 2 churches. One parsonage is rented out to cover the costs / utilities of the one the pastor uses. The pastor has one business card with a different church / job on each side

Early service (8am) in one venue, late (11am) at other (rotate every 5 months so the 'farming seasons' roll between the two churches)

Joint Sunday school is between services at one of the two churches, Joint potlucks on 5th Sundays.
The majority of the folks and pastors really like it. Folks get along better in town and in caring for each other, you can catch an early or a late service, sharing joint resources helps spread the costs and responsibilities, Has been a 'win' for the community. (YMMV) Makes sense to me for many cases of rural needs and benefit. Of course it takes the right pastor, denominational authority, community, and it is a 'growing-process' for all.

The pastor was giving similar messages at each venue, with slight modifications to address theological stance of each denomination.
I ask because this might well be happening with a small town that I know some people in. There has been a candidate preaching for their small church, but he's also being interviewed by another, larger church in town. The small church is unwilling to share their pastor, it seems. It could potentially cause some issues.
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Old 05-02-2011, 05:03 PM
 
Location: Forests of Maine
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In our church we rotate between four different ministers.

If your 'one' left, why not setup a schedule of reach elder/deacon to take one service each month.
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Old 05-05-2011, 08:43 AM
 
Location: Neither here nor there
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Our churches in the tiny towns here in SW Nebraska have guest preachers, some of them lay preachers, who rotate between the churches. Works out well.
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Old 05-06-2011, 05:45 PM
 
Location: South of Maine
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reminds me of the guy who was stranded on a desert island for two years, until finally being rescued by a passing ship. Before leaving he gave a tour of the three huts he had built. This is where I lived...and this is where I went to church. ....he was asked what the third hut was for. ....well that's where I used to go to church!
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Old 05-06-2011, 09:54 PM
 
Location: Middle America
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It wouldn't happen in my small hometown due to differences in denomination...a Lutheran pastor doesn't just go and sign on with a Methodist church or a Catholic church, etc.
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Old 05-08-2011, 09:11 AM
 
Location: Meggett, SC
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We had this happen in our small town growing up. I remember it was quite the talk of the town for a while. The small church lost their preacher to the larger church when the long standing preacher of the larger church retired. They had to go with lay preachers for a while until they finally found someone willing to come and preach at their small church. I think they still talk about this and it was 20?? years ago.
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Old 05-13-2011, 02:36 AM
 
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My in-laws' church is so small, they don't even have a pastor. The members used to take turns conducting the service and preaching the sermon. My father-in-law used to preach once a month. We visited once, and I think there were about 25 people present at the service, total, including us.
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Old 05-13-2011, 12:56 PM
 
Location: Minnesota
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I see no issue in following him/her to warship in another church. If you like them that much and it isn't that far, so be it.

You could also give the replacement a chance... never know, you may like them more.
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