A new job in pastoral ministry often means moving to a new town—a community to learn to know, love, and call home. A change in location also involves the important task of loving our new ministry and church family. Perhaps more so than members of the broader community, there is a particular vulnerability that comes with loving the Christians we live with. Patience, forgiveness, and grace (just to name a few) are God’s generous gifts that we need to love well.
One great aspect of growing up in a small town church is how I learned to appreciate those who differed from me. A small congregation meant I did not have the option of befriending those “like” me. Besides my sister I do not recall there being another female Christian close to my age. Although the situation had challenges, I learned to value diversity. Praise God for the unity we can have in Jesus!
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