It is often a surprises pastors when we tell them to be out of the office at least 20% of the time connecting with new people. Pastors have been encouraged for the last 40 years to manage the church office. But when we tracked the relationships of those pastors we found they spent almost all their time with the same 20 people.
New church pastors know that they can’t just hang out with their existing friends and grow their church. Many new church pastors don’t establish an office. That doesn’t mean they aren’t working. It just means that they are working in places where not only do they accomplish their “church work,” but they also meet new people.
Pastor Michael Bryant learned this secret early in his ministry and so he established a “not-office” at the church to remind himself and everyone else that the ministry of the church is outside the four walls of the castle.
Click the video below to hear his story.