The old Beach Boys’ hit, Be True To Your School, has a lesson for pastors of small-churches, too. While the Beach Boys were singing about loyalty to your school, I’m talking about being true to your church’s history, personality, and memory. I think one of the biggest mistakes pastors of small-churches make is leading against the grain of their church, trying to make it into something it’s not.
ChristianityToday.com has posted an excerpt from my message, Where is God? on their LeadershipJournal.net site. I preached this sermon on April 22, 2007, the Sunday after the Virginia Tech shootings. I posted the entire sermon on this blog. CT picked it up because our church’s ministries are featured in Leadership’s Spring issue in my article, Learn To Partner, and because we have alumni, a board member, and a student in our congregation. If you missed this sermon when I posted it before, there are two great quotes from Elie Wiesel, Nobel peace prize winner, and holocaust survivor. I hope it’s helpful.