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How departing pastors can inadvertently ruin their old church

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By Nigel Boys

According to Andy Flowers, senior pastor at Calvary Baptist Church, Woodland, California, one of the reasons why churches go downhill when their old pastor leaves, is that the congregation either blames the new pastor for his leadership, or they attack those who chose him.

However, the graduate of Western Seminary, who replaced a pastor of over 37 years, believes that a portion of the blame must be laid on the shoulders of the man who has either retired, died or simply moved on.

The husband of 18 years with 3 children went on to say that pastors should prepare for the takeover well in advance, even when they are young in the ministry.  He says that the pastor’s church should be protected by its leadership, since changing leaders of any institution can lead it to ruin.

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