As worship ended today, I felt a bit of frustration. I sometimes feel like I’ve failed to be a good pastor to my congregation. I think I’ve done the best that I can, but I also feel at times I’m failing them.
It might be that I’m trying to live up to stories. Actually, it’s one story: the one where a pastor comes into a dying church and is able to get the turn it around. Membership grows from say 20 people to 100, it becomes a vital congregation.
So, I look at the story and wonder what I am doing wrong. I’ve done a lot of the technical stuff that should help with visibility, but the result is that we’ve still had very little growth.
There is another part of the story where the pastor is someone that is involved in the community and is somehow able to get people to come to church or to do something related to church.
This is where we hit a problem. As someone on the autism spectrum, I can tell you it is pretty hard to meet people in general. My actions probably make some people nervous. I’m just not the gregarious guy that everyone wants to be around.
How do you get into the community and meet people when you are on the spectrum?