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How to Start Well

23 January, 2020

Written by Jim Martin

Ministers who work with congregations might do well to pay attention to how they begin.  Working with a congregation is much like marriage – it matters how you start.   The following suggestions may be very helpful if you are beginning a new work.  On the other hand, these suggestions may also be helpful even if you have served this congregation for months or even years.

Know that the congregation wants you to succeed and do well.  Be gracious and appreciative of what they do.  Know that for the most part, these people are probably doing the best they know how to do when it comes to working with you. Be a student of the congregation and its history.  Ask…

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