Stream or download the audio recording from this breakout panel titled Faithful Endurance: The Joy of Shepherding People for a Lifetime with H. B. Charles, Dave Harvey, Richard Phillips, Jeff Robinson, and Juan Sanchez that was delivered at The Gospel Coalition’s 2019 National Conference in Indianapolis, Indiana. The average stay of a pastor in evangelical churches is a little less than three years. Such instability is not good for churches, and it’s not good for pastors. A much better vision seems to be for a faithful pastor-teacher to give his life and service to one congregation for several decades. What are the advantages of digging in and staying long? How does it benefit the local church and the universal church, as well as the pastor and his family? Are there drawbacks to staying at one place for many years? How can a pastor say fresh, and even take pleasure in staying put and shepherding one people over the long haul?
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