>> November 3, 2010

survival tips for the new PW

So you're a new PW.

This little series is all about tips to help you survive this new world, from young PWs who've been on this path for a few days longer.

TIP #1: Don't accept any church jobs for the first 6 months in any new church. (Make it 1 year if you have a new baby or very small children.)

When you and your PH start serving at a new church, tell people that for the first 6 months/1 year, you won't be considering any roles of service because your first job is to get to know everyone. Tell them you want to just get your family/household settled, learn your way around, and build relationships with people.

Taking a church position too quickly can put you in the crosshairs of conflict. You don't know who else might be desperately wanting the role, or what the expectations are, or the history of who was doing the job before. And you might get pressured into doing something you're neither good at nor passionate about.

If you take a few months to get to know people first, you'll be more free to accept ministry roles that you are passionate about and gifted in.

Got a survival tip that someone shared with you, or that you learned along the way? Send it in and we'll share it: clutchtalk [at] gmail [dot] com.

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Tanya December 1, 2010 at 12:43 PM  

Great advice. Wish I'd had it when we came to our current church. Then I wouldn't have stepped into something ... LOL! oh well, live and learn.

Mrs. Pastor February 15, 2011 at 11:34 AM  

I definitely agree. This is the one thing I would suggest to the family of any church worker. Much simpler to wait and see than to get involved and then try to back out of a sticky situation.

Like this series of tips!


Anonymous,  December 10, 2011 at 4:05 PM  

This is something that I was thinking about b.c not only do i have my 1st child coming but moved to a whole new country were i do not know the LANG!!! but my husband is the head pastor with alot of work...... but I would tell a new PW just wait and then take on a role.

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