I read many popular books on ministry. The three-minute pastor! Thirty-five successful building blocks of successful congregations! Forty days of purpose! I read about visioning, discipling, and fellowshipping.
So week after week I exhorted the congregation to embrace risk and change. As one proposal after another hit the wall of their vast and impenetrable indifference, I found myself caught in a soul-crushing loop. I learned the inexorable law of Leadership 101; you can't lead if no one's following. I blamed myself; and yes, I blamed them.
Barbara Melosh, The Christian Century, May 4, 2010