By TylerR Mar 20 2015 John MacArthurChurch & MinistryJohn MacArthur: "A recent poll suggests that the average pastor stays at his church for only three to four years. But that hardly seems long enough to be truly effective." 1979 reads There are 2 Comments Great article. Thank you for josh p - Sat, 03/21/2015 - 11:17pm Great article. Thank you for posting it. Would that more pastors and congregations would have this view of the pastorate. Encouraged by That Bob Nutzhorn - Tue, 03/24/2015 - 11:38pm As a guy who has been a pastor of the same small, country church for 15 years, I was greatly encouraged to keep on working hard, studying hard, praying hard, and loving the people God has given me to shepherd. There are times where I have been made to feel a bit like a failure because of continuing to stay at the same church in a community of 500 people. I see the growth of the people in the congregation - I see the relationships built in this insulated little town, and I know that God has kept me here for a reason. I needed this during a challenging time in the ministry!